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Honour - China 1841-42


Date -  07-Jan-1841 / 21-Jul-1842
Type -  Campaign Awards
Conflict -  First China (or Opium) War

 
Description

For about 200 years the East India Company had traded with China, much of being the drug opium.

By 1837 opium use had such a debilitating effect on the people of China that the government decided to end the trading in opium.

As a result Britain and other western countries declared war on China. A punitive expedition was sent and Chusan was captured. Several other cities stormed and Nanking threatened.

As part of the peace treaty, Hong Kong was leased to Britain.

 

 
 
HM Ships
Algerine 41-42  Alligator 41  Apollo 42 Belleisle 42  Blenheim 41 
Blonde 41-42  Calliope 41-42  Childers 42  Clio 42 Conway 41 
Columbine 41-42  Cornwallis 42  Cruizer 41  Dido 42  Druid 41 
Endymion 42  Harlequin 42  Hazard 42  Herald 41  Hyacinth 41-42 
Juniper 41-42  Larne 41   Melville 41  Modeste 41-42  Nimrod 41 
North Star 42 Plover 42  Plyades 41  Rattlesnake 41-42  Samarang Sulphur 41 
Sapphire 42  Starling 41-42  Vixen 42  Wanderer 42  Wellesley 41 
Young Herbe 42         
         
 
This page last edited - 22 January, 2013.

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