HC Deb 21 March 1940 vol 358 c2160W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the bombing and machine-gunning of the East Dudgeon and Outer Dowsing lightships, he will now take steps to arm lightship crews for their own defence?

Mr. Churchill

We have been forced to take measures to protect lighthouse vessels against the barbarous and cowardly attacks which the Germans are now making upon these beacons which are maintained for the mariners of all nations.