Who was William Seeley?

Introduction William Henry Harrison Seeley, VC (01 May 1840 to 01 October 1914) was an American who fought with the British Royal Navy during the Shimonoseki Campaign in Japan and was a recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British… Read More

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Who was Thomas Pride?

Introduction Thomas Pride VC (29 March 1835 to 16 July 1893) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to a serviceman in the British and Commonwealth forces. Background Pride was 29 years old, and a captain… Read More

What was the Shimonoseki Campaign (1863-1864)?

Introduction The Shimonoseki campaign (Japanese: 下関戦争/馬関戦争, Hepburn: Shimonoseki Sensō/Bakan Sensō, “Shimonoseki War”) refers to a series of military engagements in 1863 and 1864, fought to control Shimonoseki Straits of Japan by joint naval forces from Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States, against the Japanese feudal domain of Chōshū, which took place off… Read More