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Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to accept the resignation of the Commissions held by the following Officers, viz.:Captain George Enoch Grayson and First Lieutenant Joseph Hargreaves, in the 1st Lancashire Engineer Volunteer Corps. Lieutenant John Robertson, in the 1st Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps. Captain Charles Ellis, in the 3rd Manchester or 40th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps. Captain James Ewing, in the 71st. Lancashire JRifle Volunteer Corps.

From THE

LONDON GAZETTE of JANUARY 9, 1863.

War Office, Pall Mall,
January 8, 1863.

THE Secretary of State for War has received a Despatch and its Enclosures, addressed to him by Brigadier-General Staveley, C.B., Commanding Her Majesty's Troops in China, of which the following are copies:

Head-Quarters, near Kah-ding,

SIR, 24th October, 1862.

I have the honor to report, for your information, that the Chinese authorities having expressed their willingness to place a garrison in Kah-ding, if the allied forces would recapture it for them, the place was taken by storm after a bombardment of two hours, this morning, by the force under my immediate command, mentioned in the accompanying return marked (A), as well as the British naval force under Captain. Borlase, C.B., and the French troops, placed respectively at my disposal by Vice-Admiral Sir James Hope and Captain Fanečn, commanding His Imperial Majesty's forces in China, also the so-called Ward's force, under the command of an American (Colonel Burgoviene), and Lieutenant Kingsley's 67th Regiment, battalion of 500 Chinese, and 6 mortars worked by Chinese, under Lieutenant Cane, R.A., all detailed in return marked (A). The guns and mortars were got into position during the night, and opened fire so soon as the walls could be seen. At 8 o'clock, two practicable breaches having been made, the French and British each established their bridges, the British under the direction of Lieutenant Knevitt, R.N., and Lieutenant Lyster, R.E., the storming parties of the 31st and 67th Regiments, under the command of Captain Christian, 31st Regiment, then planted their ladders and entered the place without opposition, the enemy, escaping by the opposite side of the city. The place had been considerably strengthened since our last visit, by an outwork made to flank the walls, and protected by a sort of bomb-proof, which however was not proof against 8-inch mortar shells. I gave over the place to Colonel Burgoviene and his men, and, except the storming parties, none of Her Majesty's naval or military forces were allowed to enter it. The re-capture of Kah-ding completes the radius of thirty miles round Shanghai, which it was decided should be cleared of the Tai-ping rebels. I trust that the excellent conduct of the troops under very tempting circumstances, and the very arduous nature of the service, will be favourably considered. I wish to mention for favourable notice, Captain C. Gordon, commanding Royal Engineers; Captain Mansergh, Deputy Assistant-Adjutant-General ; Captain Gammell, Deputy Assistant-Quartermaster-General ; Dr. Rennie, 31st Regiment, Senior Medical Officer; Assistant-Commissary-General Thompson, in charge of Commissariat; Lieutenant Jebb, 31st Regiment; and the Prince Witgenstein, of the 1st Prussian Lancer Guard Regiment, who acted as my Aides-de-Camp. I take this opportunity of recording the great assistance I have invariably received on the occasions of the various expeditions from Mr. Consul Medhurst, and Mr. C. Alabaster, of the Consular service. I also wish to mention the services performed by Commander Strode, of Her Majesty's ship “Vulcan,” who was employed during the whole of the operations against the Tai-pings, and whose name was inadvertently omitted in my recommendatory despatch; also of his first lieutenant, Lieutenant Grant. Commander Strode had the working of the naval 32-pounders on all occasions when they were used, and was assisted by Lieutenant Grant. In transmitting a list of casualties marked (B), I have much satisfaction in calling your attention to the Senior Medical Officer's report (herewith forwarded) on the health of the field force. I have, &c., C. STAVELEY, Brigadier-General, Commanding Her Majesty's Troops in China. The Right Honourable the Secretary of State for War, War Office, Pall Mall, London.

A

RETURN showing the Strength of Field Force under command of Brigadier-General Staveley, C.B., employed at the Capture of Ka-ding.

Head-Quarters, near Ka-ding, 24th October, 1862.

Royal Artillery–2 captains, 5 subalterns, 1 staff, 5 serjeants, 120 rank and file, commanded by Captain French, R.A. Royal Engineers—l captain, 1 subaltern, 10 rank and file, commanded by Captain Gordon, R.E. 31st Regiment—1 field officer, 6 captains, 6 subalterns, 3 staff officers, 29 serjeants, 10 drummers, 413 rank and file, commanded by Brevet-Lieutenant-Colonel Eagar, 31st Regiment. 67th Regiment—I field officer, 2 captains, 7 subalterns, 2 staff, 16 serjeants, 14 drummers, 318 rank and file, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas, C.B., 67th Regiment. 5th Regiment B.N.L. I.-1 field officer, 2 subalterms, 12 serjeants, 3 drummers, 150 rank and file, commanded by Major Taylor, 5th Regiment B.N.L.I. Royal Marines—140 rank and file, commanded by Captain Borlase, Royal Navy Royal Navy—416 rank and file, commanded by Captain Borlase, Royal Navy. French Troops—400 rank and file, commanded by Captain Fancón, H.I.M.S. Chinese Troops under— Lieutenant Cane, R.A. Artillery—50 rank and file. Lieutenant Kingsley, 67th Infantry—500 rank and file. Colonel Burgovene, Infantry—1300 rank and file. Total—3 field officers, 11 captains, 21 subalterns, 6 staff, 64 serjeants, 27 drummers, 3817 rank and file. 1863. H

ORDNANCE. Royal Artillery. Two 24-pr. howitzers, two 12 pr: howitzers, two 44-inch howitzers, two 8-inch mortars, tell 5}-inch mortars. Royal Navy. Two 32-pounders, five field pieces. French. Two 30-pounders, three 12-pounders.

Colonel Burgovene's.

Two 32-pounders, four 12-pounders, 2 mountain
guns.
Total—38.
(Correct.) LOFTUS MANSERGH,
Deputy Assistant-Adjutant- General.

B.

Return of Casualties at the Storming and Capture of Kahding, 24th October, 1862.

Royal Artillery, No. 3 Battery, 14th Brigade–Gunner John Doolan, severe wound of face ; 1 gun lascar, slight wound of hand. * No. 8 Battery, 14th Brigade—Gunner John Leonnard, killed ; Gunner George Green, slight wound of shoulder. 31. Regiment—Captain A. Mitchell, slight wound of hip. Private William Cripps, slight wound of head. 67th Regiment—Private William Mason, sever*

wound of leg.

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