Augustus Frederick Lindley

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Augustus Frederick Lindley
Born 3 February 1840
London, UK
Died 29 March 1873
UK
Years of service UK navy 1857–1859
Taiping reform movement1860--1863
Rank Royal Navy Major, 1859
Colonel of Taiping,June 1863
Commands held Taiping‘s fleet
Battles/wars Battle of Jofoolzo九洑洲決戰, June 1863

Augustus Frederick Lindley (呤唎 "Lin-Le") 9 February 1840 – 29 March 1873,[1] was a mid-19th Century British adventurer and writer.

Biography[edit]

China

In 1859, Lindley was a young Royal Navy officer stationed in Hong Kong[2] where he became betrothed to Marie, the daughter of the Portuguese consul at Macau. In 1860 he resigned his commission, taking a job as the executive officer of a trading steamer smuggling specie to the Taiping reform movement in Shanghai. He accepted a commission from Taiping general Li Xiucheng, and helped train their soldiers in British Army techniques, while Marie became a sniper. After her death, he returned to England. In 1866, he wrote and published "Ti Ping Tien Kwoh: or the History of the Taiping Revolution" and included a dedication :To Le-Siu-Cheng, the Chung-Wang, "Faithful Prince," Commander-in-Chief of the Ti-Ping forces, this work is dedicated if he be living; and if not, to his memory.

Battle of Jofoolzo—commanding Taiping‘s warships

In June 1863, Li Xiu-cheng commanded 250,000 troops to withdraw to Nanjing, when Taiping‘s warships took troops cross river, tough fighting between Taiping and Qing Army (Battle of Jofoolzo九洑洲決戰), Lindley was commander of Taiping‘s fleet and several times defeated Qing Army offensive and down many Qing warships, but he was wounded and his wife Mary and friend Earl were killed in action at last. For merit Lindley was promoted Colonel by the Taiping.

General Gordon

When Charles George Gordon returned to the UK, Lindley publicly castigated Gordon in the pages of The Times.

South Africa

In 1868, Lindley - with Roger Pocklington, the American brothers Will and Tom Ashwell, and Louis de Glon of Switzerland - landed at Durban to undertake a gold-hunting expedition in the Transvaal. While no gold was found, the group travelled extensively among the Boer and the various black communities, and encounterd many adventures. Pocklington married a Potchefstroom girl, and settled there. The Ashwells and de Glon took up farming in Natal; Will later was an associate of Cecil Rhodes in the consolidation of the Kimberly diamond mines.[3] Lindley returned to England, where he wrote "After Ophir, or, A Search For the South African Gold Fields".

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://billiongraves.com/pages/record/AugustusFrederickLindley/1154579
  2. ^ [1] A Cruise in Chinese Waters: Being the log of "The Fortuna"
  3. ^ [2] N.Y. Times 1907 Ashwell Obituary

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