HC Deb 05 June 1940 vol 361 c855W
Mr. R. Gibson

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty how many British hospital ships have been bombed; and how many sunk by enemy action during the present war?

Sir V. Warrender

Since the outbreak of hostilities nine hospital ships have been bombed, shelled, or machine-gunned by the enemy—two of them on more than one occasion. These attacks have been made despite the vessels' distinctive and unmistakable markings, and in contempt of the lives of the wounded and of the doctors and nurses tending them. The hospital ship "Atlantis" alone was bombed no less than five times in Norwegian waters. The only sinking is that of the hospital carrier "Paris" on 2nd June, which succumbed to three separate waves of attack by bomber aircraft. The hospital carrier "Brighton" was holed and run aground; the hospital carrier "Maid of Kent" set on fire.