HC Deb 31 July 1931 vol 255 c2646W

asked the Secretary of State for India (1) why awards of £100 each were made to the consul at Perim and the pilot in connection with the detention of the German steamship "Lindenfels," of the Hansa Line, 5,478 tons, value approximately £125,000, in August, 1914, whereas only £15 was awarded to Mr. Frederick Dakin, who, by his signals, was instrumental in the ship being captured; and will he cause a full inquiry to be made into the matter;

(2) why no award has been made to Mr. Frederick G. Dakin, of 3, Albert Road, Brighton, who was in August, 1914, mainly responsible, by signals, for the capture in Perim harbour of the German steamship "Varzin," of the Deutsche Ost-Afrika Line, 4,455 tons, value approximately £125,000; and will he inquire into the matter?


I see no reason to doubt that £15 was an adequate reward for the services performed by Mr. Dakin, and I am not prepared to reopen the case.