Folder 1 of 1 - Account relating to the Boxer Uprising service of Leighton Seymour Bracegirdle, [date unknown]

Accession Number AWM2021.22.4
Collection number 3DRL/6218
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Folder
Item count 1
Object type Manuscript
Physical description 8 Image/s captured
Maker Bracegirdle, Leighton Seymour
Date made Date unknown
Conflict China, 1900-1901 (Boxer Uprising)
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the Boxer Uprising and First World War service of Commander Leighton Seymour Bracegirdle, (formerly Midshipman, New South Wales Naval Contingent), 1 Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Australia, [date unknown]; 1915-1919.

Folder 1 of 1 - Contains an 8-page handwritten account of the Boxer Uprising by Leighton Seymour Bracegirdle. Bracegirdle opens the narrative by providing some background information on anti-foreign sentiment in China and the formation of the Boxers or "Society of Harmonious Fists", their objectives and early operations, and subsequent siege of foreigners in the Legation Quarter of Peking. He briefly outlines the response of foreign nations to the siege and composition of the Eight-Nation Alliance, operations at Tientsin and actions leading to the lifting of the siege of the International Legation in Peking. He also refers to the Victoria Cross awarded to Midshipman Basil John Douglas Guy of HMS Barfleur and the Rudyard Kipling poem "Recessional".

This account by Sir Leighton Seymour Bracegirdle has been reproduced with the permission of the Bracegirdle family.