Boxer Rebellion

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  1. I once saw a picture depicting a soldier who refused to acknowledge a leader/VIP during the boxer Rebellion. I'm sure (hazy old age) that he was executed for his actions. Can anyone add to this or point me in the right direction of how I might read about the story?
     
  2. It was one of the regiments who formed the Queen’s. will have a look.
     
  3. IIRC it was a Corporal in one of the Kent or Sussex regiments. He was captured by the Boxers and refused to kow tow (bow and touch his head to the ground) to the locol Boxer boss. He was beheaded as a result.

    There is a famous painting of the incident somewhere, which made a big thing about the gallant soldier refusing to kneel and being executed as a punishment.

    I'll see if I can find out any more.

    Rodney2q
     
  4. Was it true that the Chinese beleived the British were Kow Towing to the Chinese when the front rank knelt down. It is covered in Flashman, and I've read another book that alluded to this fact.

    But is it true or not?
     
  5. The Private of the Buffs (or The British Soldier In China) is a ballad by Sir Francis Hastings Doyle describing the execution of a British infantryman by Chinese soldiers in 1860.
    — Excerpted from The Private of the Buffs on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.




    Last night, among his fellow roughs,
    He jested, quaffed, and swore;
    A drunken private of the Buffs,
    Who never looked before.
    To-day, beneath the foeman's frown,
    He stands in Elgin's place,
    Ambassador from Britain's crown,
    And type of all her race.

    Poor, reckless, rude, low-born, untaught,
    Bewildered, and alone,
    A heart, with English instinct fraught,
    He yet can call his own.
    Ay, tear his body limb from limb,
    Bring cord or axe or flame,
    He only knows that not through him
    Shall England come to shame.

    Far Kentish hop-fields round him seemed,
    Like dreams, to come and go;
    Bright leagues of cherry-blossom gleamed,
    One sheet of living snow;
    The smoke above his father's door
    In gray soft eddyings hung;
    Must he then watch it rise no more,
    Doomed by himself so young?

    Yes, honor calls!--with strength like steel
    He put the vision by;
    Let dusky Indians whine and kneel,
    An English lad must die.
    And thus, with eyes that would not shrink,
    With knee to man unbent,
    Unfaltering on its dreadful brink,
    To his red grave he went.

    Vain mightiest fleets of iron framed,
    Vain those all-shattering guns,
    Unless proud England keep untamed
    The strong heart of her sons;
    So let his name through Europe ring,--
    A man of mean estate,
    Who died, as firm as Sparta's king,
    Because his soul was great.
     
  6. So it's not the Boxers, but earlier?
     
  7. The Second China War is notable because The Queen's, The Buffs, the 31st (Huntingdonshire) and the 67th (South Hampshire) all participated in the conflict. This campaign involved an Anglo-French Expeditionary Force that compelled the Chinese to observe trading treaties.
    The most significant battle was the taking of the Taku Forts on 12 August 1860, when the 67th won four out of five VCs awarded for the action. The fifth VC was won by a medical apprentice attached to the 67th, who was only fifteen years and three months old, the youngest recipient of this coveted award. During the campaign, Private Moyse of the Buffs won immortality by choosing to be beheaded, rather than "kowtow" to the Mandarin into whose hands he had fallen.
    Private Moyse

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Moyse

    also a related article having a dig.

    http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm?frm=6582&sec_id=6582
    edited to add link
     
  8. Thank you all very much - The picture I saw was in the SNCO Mess in Chilwell, although I am sure it is a number of different locations.

    I appreicate the quick response and the info displayed.

    stay lucky!

    DS