'The Six Fighting Parsons', British Legation, Beijing
© 2012 Billie Love Historical Collection
University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: BL-n100. Caption on typed list accompanying the box of negatives: '50: Inside Legation quarter. Group of Europeans in ruined building'. Digitised from a negative made for a copy print. This photograph, supervised by Reverend Charles A. Killie, was taken during the July truce. The 'Six Fighting Parsons', a group of missionary defenders, at 'Fort Cockburn', British Legation, Peking (Beijing), during the Siege of the Legations, Boxer Uprising. A British Nordenfelt machine gun was mounted on a wooden platform behind Henry Cockburn's house. This machine gun was manned by Sergeant J. Murphy, a Royal Marine seen seated on the platform. The man standing at the rear of the group (wearing a white jacket) is Reverend C.A. Killie, the photographer. Francis (Frank) Dunlap Gamewell (1857-1950), chief of the Fortifications Committee during the siege, is standing, second from the left. Reverend Stonehouse, the man dressed entirely in white (second from the right), was killed soon after the photograph was taken. The gun emplacement overlooked the Imperial Carriage Park. See BL-n101 (which is a crop from BL-n100).
Black and white photograph