HC Deb 20 November 1945 vol 416 cc385-6W
Mr. Driberg

asked the Secretary of State for War if he will now publish in HANSARD the approximate total figures of persons of all nationalities killed, wounded, missing and taken prisoner, to the latest convenient date in November, in the recent disturbances following the liberation of French and Dutch territories in the Far East; and how many of these casualties have been in the British forces involved.

Mr. Lawson

The casualties of all nationalities reported to 8th November in French Indo-China, Java and Sumatra were 1,226 killed (excluding 150 Japanese murdered), 501 wounded, and 1,409 missing. The figures are not complete in the case of French, Dutch, Annamite, Indonesian and Japanese casualties owing to lack of information from the relevant headquarters. In addition, Indonesian casualties at Magelang in recent disturbances are estimated at between 200 and 300. The combined British Army and Indian casualties in the above figures are 65 killed, 178 wounded and 195 missing. I have no separate figures of British casualties.