Alfred BARTON [c.1864-1885] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Alfred BARTON [c.1864-1885]

c.1864-01-01 (Year is approximate)
Cause of death: 

"Two more deaths occurred among the military under canvas at Kowloon yesterday from choleraic diarrhoea. One of the men, Bombadier (sic) Barton, of the Lancashire divison of Royal Artillery, was taken ill at 6 in the morning and died at 11. The other victim, Rogers, a private in the Buffs, was attacked at about 8 a.m, and died at 1 p.m. It is only just a fortnight since the camp at Kowloon was established and five deaths have occurred in that short period amongst the men quartered there. Besides this there are some twenty or thirty out of the two hundred or so men under canvas on the sick list. It has, we imagine, been abundantly proved that the transfer of these men from barracks to camp at Kowloon has not been at advantageous one as regards the health of the men, and it is high time some more satisfactory arrangements were made for the health of the men."

Source: The China Mail, page 3, 16th July 1885     


Memorial at Section 15, Row 1, Number 1 The Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. The memorial was erected by the offciers and gunners of No. 1 Battery, 1st Brigade, Lancashire Divison, Royal Artillery for comrades who died in Hong Kong between 1884-1886.

15---/01/01- front [facing cemetery] -gunner, John Jones / died 14th Feb. aged 25 years/gunner, Thomas A. Cave / died 27th Sept. 1884 aged 23 years/actg. bombr. Alfred Barton / died 15th July 1885 aged 21 years/gunner, William H. Baker / died 16th July 1885 aged 22 years/gunner Abert [sic] Wilding / died 10th Oct. 1886 aged 21 years

Source: Courtesy of Patricia Lim Forgotten Souls: A Social History of the Hong Kong Cemetery 


"Choleraic diarrhoea continues to carry off numerous victims in this colony. On Wednesday two healthy young soldiers died in the camp at Kowloon, and we hear there was another death yesterday. On Wednesday also a little Portuguese girl and an Arabian Jew in the Civil Hospital fell victoms to the malady."

Source: Hong Kong Daily Press, page 2, 17th July 1885 

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"WE are gald to hear that the detachments from the 'Buffs' and the Lancashire Battery of Royal Artillery, which have been for the last week or two quartered over at Kowloon, under canvas, were transferred during yesterday afternoon and this morning to Stanley, where part of the men have been quartered in the Military Bungalow there, the rest going into camp under canvas. The Police who was recently quartered in the military bungalow there, removed into the newly-repaired Police Station at Stanley yesterday morning. It is to be hoped that Stanley will prove to be more conducive to the health of the men than the camp on the ranges at Kowloon has done."

Source: The China Mail, page 2, 17th July 1885