On the main walk through Victoria Park.
Rectangular base with round column surmounted by sphere, white and red granite, head of centurion on round column. Base 1920mms square.
NORTH CHINA 1900
ADMIRAL SIR E.H.SEYMOUR GCB
THE CAPTAIN, OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY
THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THAT SHIP
WHO WERE KILLED OR DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED
WHILST GALLANTLY DOING THEIR DUTY IN THE NAVAL BRIGADE
NORTH CHINA 1900
ALSO IN MEMORY OF THOSE OFFICERS
AND MEN WHO DIED DURING THE COMMISSION
KILLED OR DIED OF WOUNDS:-
E.S. WYATT C.P.O.
BOSN. W.J. GOUGH R.N.
W. BENNET ORDY.
D. MCARTHUR STO.
The eighth CENTURION was a 14-gun twin screw battleship, launched at Portsmouth in 1892. She was of 10,500 tons, 13,214 horse-power, and 18 knots speed. Her length, beam and draught were 360 ft., 70 ft., and 25 ft.
In 1900 the "Centurion" commanded by Captain John R. Jellicoe, and flying the flag of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hobart Seymour, took part in the third China War or "Boxer Riots."
Sir Edward Seymour was the senior flag-officer of the Eight Nationalities assembled in the Far East, and as such presided over their Councils.
On June 9th a detachment from the "Centurion" proceeded in a Naval Brigade of Mixed nationalities, 2,000 strong, with 19 guns, for the relief of Peking, under Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Seymour. This expedition went through some very severe fighting and suffered a loss of 2 officers and 63 men killed, and 20 officers and 210 men wounded before withdrawing. Captain Beyts, R.M.A., of the "Centurion", was killed and Captain John R. Jellicoe, who behaved with great gallantry, and 4 other officers of the same ship were wounded.
From June 26th to July llth, a detachment of officers and men from the "Centurion" assisted in the capture and defence of Tientsin, and during this period lost 5 killed and 14 wounded. In August the "Centurion" contributed a number of officers and men to a British Naval Brigade, which advanced to the final and satisfactory relief of Peking, with 20,100 troops under Lieutenant-General Sir Alfred Gaselee.
In 1910 "Centurion" was sold at Portsmouth for £26,200
See also the memorial in Victoria Park to the men of HMS Orlando who died in some of the same engagements.
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