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Anglo-Russian Railway Dispute of Tientsin, China during Boxer Troubles

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  • William (Billy) Daniel McSwiney, Captain, FRGS (1861 - 1906)
    Billy (William Daniel McSwiney) was born in Kronstadt, Russia, where his father was Anglican Chaplain to the (British) Russia Company at Cronstadt and St. Petersburg. All but the eldest of his siblings...

British Expeditionary Force was in China and Captain William D. McSwiney of the 7th Dragoon Guards was seconded for special service as Railway Staff Officer in August 1900 - at the outbreak of the Boxer Rebellion in China - to Tientsin during the Anglo-Russian Railway dispute. He was fluent in many languages, including Russian. General Sir E.G. Barrow, Chief of Staff of the Anglo-Indian contingent, gave generous testimony to Capt McSwiney's tact and reliability under circumstances of great difficulty and (diplomatic) delicacy.