1900 GB – CHINA… HMS TERRIBLE in BOXER WAR.. [21601]


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1900 (Sep 7) printed Bredons Hotel, Bude envelope to Lieut. Litchfield R.N., HMS Terrible, China bearing QV 1d lilac tied superb Bude squared circle…

When the Boxer Rebellion broke out in 1900, HMS Terrible re-embarked her crew and guns and went to China. The Boxers were fighting against foreign involvement in China, particularly from Christian missionaries. HMS Terrible arrived in June 1900.Orders arrived on 15 June that Terrible was to load three companies of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and sail to Taku where she arrived on the 21st. A single 12-pounder gun accompanied the relief force that reached the foreign quarter of Tianjin on 24 June. The other three guns accompanied the expedition that defeated the Chinese forces in the city of Tianjin in mid-July. All four guns were part of the second relief expedition to Beijing in August and her crewmen returned to the ship on 7 September.

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