Posted By:Doug Goodman
Subject:David Oliphant grave Peking
Post Date:July 12, 2002 at 14:30:59
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Looking for information about David OLIPHANT , "warren" of British forces, who was killed in the Boxer Rebellion and is buried in Peking. See the following:


From June 20 to July 16 repeated attacks by Chinese troops on all sides, both rifle fire and artillery, including two 3-inch Krupp guns.

Since July 16, armistice, but cordon strictly drawn, both sides strengthening positions.

We hold at present following line: Two hundred yards wall Tartar City south of American legation, Russian and British legations half of park opposite east of latter, also French and German legations; all outside this line burnt and ruins held by Chinese, whose barricades are close to ours.

All women and children in British legation. Food sufficient for fortnight at most. Ammunition running short.

Casualties to date 62 killed, including Strouts (captain of marines), David Oliphant, Warren, and double that number wounded in hospital, including Halliday (captain of marines). Rest of legation all well.

Important that relief force, when near, should advance rapidly to prevent attack on legations by retreating Chinese forces.

Yesterday we refused a renewed demand to leave Pekin and proceed to Tientsin.

British Minister.

Any references to who he was, etc. would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Doug Goodman