HC Deb 11 March 1955 vol 538 c83W
Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Defence how many British prisoners of war in Korea died as a result of malnutrition or torture either during their captivity or since release.

Mr. H. Macmillan

According to Service records, 71 British prisoners of war are known to have died in captivity from various causes and 13 prisoners of war are missing, presumed to have died in captivity. Of these numbers there are grounds for believing that in about 60 cases general ill-treatment, i.e. malnutrition, unattended wounds, or untreated diseases were an important factor in the deaths of the men in question. In two cases, death can be attributed to brutal treatment. As far as is known, none of our prisoners of war has died since release as a result of ill-treatment endured during captivity.