HC Deb 14 April 1921 vol 140 c1312W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if, on the occasion of the hearing of the claims for remuneration in respect of salvage services against the owners of the s.s. "Clan Sutherland," torpedoed in the English Channel on the 17th April, 1917, it was decided that the allegation of looting, brought against the crew of H.M.S. "Bittern" by the owners of the "Clan Sutherland," had been proved, whether Lieutenant Irving, the commander of the " Bittern," was prevented from being present at the hearing of the case; and whether, in view of the awards of £100 and £50 to Lieutenant Irving and the first lieutenant of the "Bittern" for salvage services, and the fact that five members of the crew of the "Bittern" were prepared to give evidence rebutting the allegations of looting, the desire of the relatives of members of the crew of the "Bittern," who lost their lives when the "Bittern" was sunk on the 4th April, 1918, will be met by an official statement that no stigma, on account of the judgment referred to, attaches to the memory of the men who lost their lives?


The facts are generally as stated. The Admiralty took no disciplinary measures on account of the judgment of the High Court, and the service records of "Bittern's" crew are not in any way affected by the allegations which were made at the trial.

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