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The Six-Day War of 1899Hong Kong in the Age of Imperialism$
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Patrick H. Hase

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098992

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098992.001.0001

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Blake and Lockhart: Conflicts and Casualties

Blake and Lockhart: Conflicts and Casualties

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(p.103) 5 Blake and Lockhart: Conflicts and Casualties
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The Six-Day War of 1899
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Patrick H. Hase

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098992.003.0006

James Stewart Lockhart said that with regard to the Battle of Mui Shue Hang: “It is impossible to ascertain whether there were any casualties”. It is entirely probable that the Ping Shan people and Tang Shing-sz are correct, and that the list inscribed in the Tat Tak Kung Soh in 1938 is of the dead from the Ping Shan Brigade in the Six-Day War, the dead from the fighting with Ha Tsuen having been separately enshrined and commemorated, in a shrine that has not survived to the present day. It is also stated that the losses to the insurgents were serious, constituting an “utter rout”, and a “disastrous defeat”, with “many dead and many wounded”, which is much closer to the truth than the bland statements of “slight loss” in the British official Reports in the official collections. The chapter then reviews Sir Henry Blake's policies towards the insurgents. The takeover of Weihaiwei by the British can usefully be looked at in clarifying what Blake meant by calling for a minimal-force pacification in the New Territories, with military action being limited to bringing troops under attack to safety. It further addresses Lockhart's views of the insurgents.

Keywords:   James Stewart Lockhart, Sir Henry Blake, Mui Shue Hang, Six-Day War, insurgents, New Territories, British, policies

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