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Friday, 18 June 1915

Mr JENSEN - The answer to the honorable member's question is -

It is not thought that this request is feasible when the nature of the task is considered. It has to be borne in' mind that immediately a wounded man is discovered, the first consideration is to tend his wounds, and, according to the degree of severity, he would be despatched to the nearest hospital that could efficiently deal with the case. In the course of a few days, and as Boon as able to be moved, he would, in all probability, be removed to some other centre, so as to make room for fresh cases from the front.

These hospitals are scattered over a wide area, including theÆgean Sea, Dardanelles, Alexandria, Cairo, Assouan, Malta; while many of the wounded are in or en route to England.

The lists of wounded would be compiled as the men were despatched from the scene of operations, and the compiling officers would, in all probability, not have the slightest idea of their destination.

In view, therefore, of the fact that wounded must, inmost cases, necessarily be moving on from hospital to hospital, it is not deemed to be of any practical value to delay the notification of our casualties while the information is being obtained.

Information is now being obtained from different sources showing the hospitals in which numbers of the wounded are located, and this is transmitted to next-of-kin from time to time as received.

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