Letter about Chinese civil war 1927 pt 2

Contributed by Keith Symes

Letter about Chinese civil war 1927 pt 2

Pt 2 of 3. Transposed by my mother, Linda Symes. Harold Vermont, Uncle Happy, was her uncle, Nan's brother.
The 20 marines who made it through the retreating Northern army from HMS Emerald now had to withstand 3 waves of the advancing Southern army. After bfast on the 24 March a company of Chinese started firing at point blank at the soldiers, who retired towards the house. The Consul and wife,two ladies,Captain Spears,Doctor Smith,a Captain of Marines and a naval lieutenant were all cut off in the office. When the shooting started the men rushed out returning fire. The Consul was shot in the leg, above the knee, Doctor Smith "shot stone dead", Captain Spears shot through the arm. The other 2 emptied revolvers into them and shouted to the others to run for the office, hopped over a wall behind the office, leaving the women, and were not seen till back on board ship later!The Consul was followed into the office by two chinese soldiers and a Mr Haber who lived next door. He "lashed at them with his fists so they riddled him with bullets right before the womens' eyes".
With the women "shouting blue murder" the soldiers left them alone and made a rush for the house as the marines were

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