The 'Lest we forget' corner, British Legation, Peking

The 'Lest we forget' corner, British Legation, Peking




University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: NA06-08. From an album (WO 28/302. China. Boxer Rebellion) in The National Archives. Crown copyright image reproduced by permission of The National Archives, London, England. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for purpose of the information provided. This image may be used only for purposes of research, private study or education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU, UK. Telephone: 020 8392 5225. Fax: 020 8392 5266. Infringement of the above condition may result in legal action. No caption for this photograph in the album. A ruined corner of the British Legation, Peking (Beijing) with LEST WE FORGET inscribed on the wall. The stout men in rickshaws on either side of the British NCO (Non-commissioned officer) are probably Chinese officials assessing the damage for reparations (Source: 'The Fists of Righteous Harmony' by Henry Keown-Boyd). The phrase 'Lest we forget' was taken from the 1897 Rudyard Kipling poem, "Recessional". Photograph by the Photo Section of the British Corps of Royal Engineers.  See also BL-n041 and BL-n063.



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Royal Engineers




Black and white photograph


The National Archives, London

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