HC Deb 30 January 1940 vol 356 c982W
Mr. Naylor

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will discontinue the practice of informing relatives by telegram when lives are lost at sea, and rely instead upon the more personal letter, which is subsequently forwarded; and whether he will send telegrams to relatives of survivors?

Mr. Shakespeare

I consider that the procedure by which the next of kin of officers and men who lose their lives on war service are informed by the quickest possible means, is to be preferred, particularly having regard to the possible risk of postal delays under war conditions. Telegrams are also sent to the relatives of survivors when necessary to avoid suspense and anxiety.

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