This Day in History: 1858-11-18

In Hong Kong, the 59th Regiment (later 2nd East Lancashires), which is shortly to depart after 8 very hard years in the disease-afflicted Colony, records on its Regimental Memorial in the Happy Valley European Cemetery, the total number of deaths it has suffered since it left Ireland in 1849. They total an appalling 658: ten officers (including four regimental surgeons), 21 sergeants, fourteen corporals, four drummers and 466 privates, together with 36 women and 107 children. The suffering is still not over. Sadly, a further 25 men, one woman and two children will die on the voyage to their next posting. The Memorial was first erected in 1854. It stands there to this day.