A moment with the 8 Nation Alliance, 119 years on
Taken Nov 2, 1899:
“Group portrait of allied forces who served in China during the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 – 1901 believed to been taken on the steps of the British Legation. Australian naval officers are dressed in borrowed Canadian uniforms as they were unprepared for the severity of winter in Peking.
Identified second from right, under the right gun, is Able Seaman William Bertotto, Victorian Naval Brigade. Directly below him is AB Neil Morrison. Pictured are officers from ‘The Eight Nation Alliance’ of Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States of America, Australian naval troops from New South Wales and Victoria served in aid of Great Britain.
Less than fourteen years later the Allies that had fought side by side would be killing each other on the battlefields of Western Europe”