HC Deb 27 April 1920 vol 128 cc1056-7W

asked the Secretary of State for War and Air whether any report has yet been received from the British military mission in Germany in reference to British prisoners of war still unaccounted for; and whether there is any similar body charged with the search for British prisoners in Turkey?


A report has been received from the British military mission in Berlin from which it appears that only 222 prisoners of the large number of prisoners in Germany were still unaccounted for at the time the Inquiry Department of the mission closed. All possible inquiries have been made by the mission. No similar body has been searching for records of death of British prisoners in Turkey. The list of unaccounted-for prisoners was, however, presented to the Turkish Government by the British authorities in Constantinople and statements referring to a few men have been received. These are of small value, and it is feared that the Turkish records are so imperfect that there is practically no chance of obtaining further information. Information has been received from various sources, principally from repatriated prisoners, which has enabled a considerable number of cases to be settled.