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Honour - BENIN 1897


Date - 08 February/28 February
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions
Conflict -  19th Century Wars

 
Description A number of officers of the Niger Coast Protectorate were massacred about 12 miles from the Benin City by a a force organised by the King of Benin.

A squadron was organised to carry out reprisals, avenge he killings and lower lawlessness.

A naval brigade was landed from the naval squadron which marched on and took the city on 18-Feb.

As was usual the greatest number of British casualties was caused by disease, with 2,290 cases of fever being experienced.

 

 
 
HM Ships
Alecto  Barrosa  Forte  Magpie  Philomel 
Phoebe  St. George  Theseus  Widgeon   
         
 
This page last edited - 11 April, 2013.

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