HC Deb 08 December 1920 vol 135 cc2133-4W
Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he can give up to date the figures of the total number of killed and missing, respectively, in the British and Imperial Forces?


The casualties in the British Forces up to date are 582,497 killed in action, died from wounds and other causes; 101,333 missing, now presumed dead upon lapse of time; making a total of 683,830 dead. There are also 143 missing in recent fighting in Mesopotamia, whose deaths have not yet been presumed.

The approximate figures for the Dominion and Colonial contingents are 128,806 killed in action, etc., and 10,991 missing, presumed dead, making an approximate total of 139,797 dead.

The figures for Indian and native African troops (including Indian followers) are 61,398 killed in action, etc., and 2,560 missing (including prisoners), and there are, in addition, 44,787 African followers killed, died, etc., and 764 missing.

The figures I have given are brought up to date in accordance with the hon. and gallant Member's wish, and therefore include the fighting in Afghanistan and the North West Frontier, as well as in Mesopotamia. They do not, however, include casualties in Ireland.

In addition, the figures for the Boyal Air Force from 1st April, 1918, to the present date are 4,800 killed, etc., and 885 missing, presumed dead.