RESCUE AND RETRIBUTION
Sir Claude MacDonald had insisted at the beginning of his command that the Fu must be held ‘at all hazards’. Apart from the shelter it provided for Chinese Christians, the artificial hills in the palace grounds overlooked the east wall of the British Legation and covered the rear of the Spanish, Japanese and French Legations. If the Fu were to fall, those garrisons would surely follow.
Morrison had made many sorties across no man’s land to visit the Fu since 20 June, often accompanying Captain Strouts on his tours of inspection. For safer access, a stone barricade had been erected slightly south of the British Legation’s main entrance and a deep cutting gouged into either bank of the canal. On the eastern side a second stone barricade led to the entrance of the Fu. Once inside, there was a scene of desolation, deprivation and danger. Many of