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s of Malacca, with Singapore and Malacca f●arther south.These guarded the sea-●road to China, with whom we were eventu●ally to be engaged in war. But before that h●appened, Alompra, King of Ava, had play▓ed into the hands of those who were willi●ng to add still more realms to those alrea▓dy under the British flag.H▓e had conquered much of the so▓uthern peninsula

, and, fancying▓ himself irresistible, had raide▓d our Cachar territories which borde●red on his.He had seized the isl●and of Shapuree and driven o▓ut the British guard there.Reluct●ant as was the East India Company to ●engage in further war after the costly ca●mpaigns with the Mahratt

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as, th▓ey had little choice.Presti●ge is all-important with semi-barbaric nat●ions, and force alone wins respect.So this f●irst expansion of empire into the Burma-Si▓amese peninsula began as a punitive expedit●ion. It commenced with an outbreak of mutiny,● which future events in India rendered▓ ominous.The 47th Bengal Regiment refused to ●embark for Burmah, lest

they should lose cas▓te.It is possible that their scruples we●re sincerely conscientious, and their contract ●of enlistment does not seem to have33▓7 contemplated their employment beyon▓d the seas.It was bad management to select thos▓e whose religious antagonism might be roused;● but t

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he order had been given, and▓ on the continued refusal of the men to e▓mbark, they were fired on by Euro▓pean infantry and artillery and m▓assacred. Then the expedition started, ●on a three years’ campaign, in which th▓e 1st Royals, 13th, 38th, 41st●, 44th, 47th, 54th, 87th, and 89th shared,● as did also the forerunner of the present 102n●d or 1st Battalion Roy

al Dublin Fusiliers, b●esides numerous regiments of Madras Sepoys▓. There had been some skirmishing with th▓e invaders of Cachar, in the north-west▓, where General Shuldham was on guard, ▓but the physical difficulties of fore▓st and mountain rendered military operat●ions extremely di

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