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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 79

The Second China War Medal awarded to Captain H. Kean, 59th Foot, who served on the White Cloud Expedition in June 1858 and during the operations in the Gulf of Pechili

China 1860, 1 clasp, Canton 1857 (Capt. H. Kean. 59th Regt.), one or two light edge bruises, very fine

Henry Kean was born at Tralee Barracks in June 1830, the son of Major Henry Kean, 86th Regiment. Young Henry gained his Ensigncy in the 59th Foot in October 1847 and was promoted Lieutenant, April 1851 and Captain, September 1855. Present at the bombardment and capture of Canton, on 28-29 December 1857, he commanded a detachment of the Regiment for the Expeditions to the White Cloud Mountains, June 1858 and to the Gulf of Pechili. Kean was later appointed a Staff Officer of Pensioners at Sligo. He died whilst holding the same post at Dundee in November 1869; sold with a copied fine full-length photograph and research.

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