Memoirs and services of the late Lieutenant-General Sir S.B. Ellis, K.C.B., Royal Marines from his own memoranda

London: Saunders, Otley, and Co., 1866. First Edition. Octavo; viii, 343pp plus 20pp publisher's catalog at rear. Somewhat cocked, with extremity wear and 1/2" loss at foot of spine; some splitting of external hinges of spine, else a Good copy in original blind-stamped brown cloth, spine lettered and logo to upper board in gold. General Sir Samuel Burdon Ellis was a senior Royal Marines officer. When the First Opium War broke out in 1840, he was employed on the China station, and for his services in command of a battalion of marines at the capture of Chusan on 5 July 1840, and at the Second Battle of Chuenpi on 7 January 1841, he was promoted major by brevet on 6 May 1841. Before the news of his promotion reached him, he had still further distinguished himself with his marines in the bombardment of the Bogue forts; he commanded the advance on Canton, and the services of his men were so great at the storming of the Canton forts on 26 May 1841, that he was promoted lieutenant colonel by brevet, antedated to that day, and made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. He then commanded a battalion of marines at the Battle of Ningpo and the second capture of Chusan until the conclusion of the war, when he returned to England. Quite scarce. Item #21233

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