HC Deb 25 February 1944 vol 397 c1117W
Captain Ramsay

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any information he can give the House concerning the recent stabbing of the Reverend W. Clark-Kerr, a chaplain of the Church of Scotland, in Haifa.

Mr. Emrys-Evans

I have been asked to reply. At about 9.30 p.m. on 15th February, the Reverend W. Clark-Kerr, wearing Army Chaplain's uniform, was walking along the street in Haifa, when he saw three soldiers chasing a civilian. He called out to ask what they were doing. They turned round and the civilian managed to escape. One of the soldiers then caught hold of the Reverend Clark-Kerr by his tunic; a scuffle ensued in which he was stabbed twice in the back. He fell to his knees and the soldiers made off. Unfortunately he was unable to give a good description of the soldiers and their nationality is unknown. Investigations of police and military have, so far, been unsuccessful. He is still in hospital, but I am very glad to say that his condition is satisfactory.