Augustus Frederick Lindley

Birth: 1840


Augustus Frederick Lindley ("Lin-Le") 9 February 1840 - 29 March 1873, was a mid-19th-century British adventurer and writer. In 1859, Lindley was a young Royal Navy officer stationed in Hong Kong where he became betrothed to Marie, the daughter of the Portuguese consul at Macau. In 1860 he resigned his commission, taking a job as the executive officer of a trading steamer smuggling specie to the Taiping reform movement in Shanghai.

He accepted a commission from Taiping general Li Xiucheng, and helped train their soldiers in British Army techniques, while Marie became a sniper. After her death, he returned to England. In 1866, he wrote and published "Ti Ping Tien Kwoh: or the History of the Taiping Revolution" and included a dedication ?To Le-Siu-Cheng, the Chung-Wang, "Faithful Prince," Commander-in-Chief of the Ti-Ping forces, this work is dedicated if he be living; and if not, to his memory.

In June 1863, Li Xiu-cheng commanded 250,000 troops to withdraw to Nanjing, when Taiping's warships took troops cross river, tough fighting between Taiping and Qing Army (Battle of Jofoolzo), Lindley was commander of Taiping's fleet and several times defeated Qing Army offensive and down many Qing warships, but he was wounded and his wife Mary and friend Earl were killed in action at last. For merit Lindley was promoted colonel by the Taiping.

When Charles George Gordon returned to the UK, Lindley publicly castigated Gordon in the pages of The Times. In 1868, Lindley - with Roger Pocklington, the American brothers Will and Tom Ashwell, and Louis de Glon of Switzerland - landed at Durban to undertake a gold-hunting expedition in the Transvaal.

While no gold was found, the group travelled extensively among the Boer and the various black communities, and encountered many adventures. Pocklington married a Potchefstroom girl, and settled there. The Ashwells and de Glon took up farming in Natal; Will later was an associate of Cecil Rhodes in the consolidation of the Kimberly diamond mines. Lindley returned to England, where he wrote "After Ophir, or, A Search For the South African Gold Fields".

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