Positions, fire was opened on them from both sides of the river. Tins was returned shot and shell, and a magazine in a stockade mounted with well-planted IB-pounders was blown up and the stockade destroyed. A company of the 18th Royal Irish and a party of seamen and marines landed on the Dalla side under fire of the ship's guns and stormed three stockades, from which they drove the enemy. The Serpent and P/degethon then passed up the river and anchored opposite Kemmendine, whilst the Rattler and Tenasserim succeeded in silencing three more stockades.
The landing of the troops commenced on the 12th April at 4 a.m. under a well sustained fire from the steamers. By 7 a.m. the 51st Kings Own Light Infantry, 18th Royal Irish, 40th Bengal Native Infantry, and part of the artillery were landed and commenced the advance. On reaching some rising ground on the right, heavy guns were opened on them, and to the surprise of all who had served in the first war, strong parties of skirmishers appeared on the flanks of the advancing column. A battery of four guns at once opened on the stockade on the right, and a storming party, consisting of four companies of the 51st King's Own Light Infantry under Lieutenant-Colonel St. Maur and the Sappers under Major Fraser, advanced on the stockade under a heavy fire and carried it at the point of the bayonet.
It was now 11. The troops had been under arms since 4 a.m., and the heat was terrific. Many officers were disabled by the heat, and some died of sunstroke.
The General, therefore, halted here, holding his position, though much annoyed by the enemy, till next morning. He was then informed that the
battery of heavy guns could not be landed till mid-Commissariat breaks down. day, and that the Commissariat were unable to*
issue rations in time for an advance before the heat of the day. Through the Commissariat failing, the General had to wait till the morning of the 14th.
The Burmans had made every preparation to receive the attack on the south face, to which a direct road led from the river, and had mounted a hundred Pieces of cannon on the defences. General Godwin, however, m order to turn the position moved towards the east with four guns protected by two companies AA the 80th'followed by the rest of the wing of that corps with two more guns and the 18th Royal Irish and the 40th BengalNative Infantry. The 51st King s Awn Light Infantry and 35th Madras Native Infantry were m reserve, and the 9th Madras Native Infantry kept open the communication with the shipping. The heavy guns were got into position under a heavy fire from the enemy's guns and skirmishers.
By 11 a.m. the fire of the heavy battery had cleared the eastern entrance R to the pagoda, and a storming party was formed of
^rin4?hAfAtlle-iShway"dag0n a wing of the 80th under Major Lockhart, two 4,th April. companies of the Royal Irish, and two companies
Jf tlie 40th Bengal Native Infantry, the whole being commanded by Colonel Coote of the Royal Irish. Captain Latter, leading the troops, crossed an open sPaee of some 800 yards under a heavy fire, from which they suffered severely, ai*d on arriving at the foot of the steps leading up to the pagoda made a jjjsh, au(j the great Shway-agon pagoda fell a second time into our hands, enemy fled in confusion. The loss during the three days' fighting was eavy amounting toa . w , , m .,
A Killed. Wounded. Total.
Officers ... ... aaa 3 15 18
Non-commissioned rank and file 13 114 127
^ loss on board the men-of-war was two men killed and one officer and 23