Return of hilled, wounded, and missing from 1st to 19th June 1824.
Killed. Wounded. Remarks.
Officers Non -commissione l rank and file. 14 6 105 The quantity of slugs made use of by the enemy will account foi the great disparity in the pro* portion of killed and wounded-
Natives attached 2 11
Toial 16 112
The stockade of Kemmendine, commanding the river between it and the town, and connecting the Shway-dagon pagoda with the river,, prevented the latter from being turned, or Rangoon from being threatened in that direction, and it was therefore occupied by a small European detail and a battalion: of Native infantry.
After the capture of this post the Burmans concentrated their forces at Donabew.
A short interval of comparative tranquillity ensued between this date and
Sickness amongst the troops. % renewal of active operations. And now the
rams had set m, and sickness began to thm the ranks and impair the energies of the invaders. The effects of a burning sun were only relieved by the torrents that fell and brought disease along with their coolness. Constant exposure to a tropical sun and the exhaustion caused by unremitting exertion were certain causes of sickness, from which no rank was exempt. Many of the senior officers, including the Commander-in-Chief* were attacked with fever during the month of June. Amongst the privates, however, the use of spirituous liquor and the want of a proper supply of fresh meat and vegetables augmented the malignant influence of the climate, and crowded the hospitals with siek.
Fever and dysentery were the principal maladies, and were both due to Diseases local causes ; but the scurvy and hospital gangrene,.
which also made their appearance, were ascribable as much to depraved habits and inadequate nourishment as to fatigue and exposure.* They were also latterly, in some degree, the consequences of extreme exhaustion, forming a peculiar feature of the prevailing fever, which bore an epidemic type, and had been felt with equal severity in Bengal. So continuous was the sickness that by the end of the rainy season scarcely 8,000 men were fit for active duty. The arrival of adequate supplies, and more especially the change in the monsoon, restored the force to a more healthy condition*
Dr. G. W addell thus reports on the sickness of the force at that time t
, . , .. , u During June, July, August* September, and Octo~ Number m hospital. i ir xi i j a a a / I
ber the average monthly admissions into hospital
from the Artillery was 65 Europeans and 62 natives, being nearly one-third
of the greatest numerical strength of the former and one-fourth of the latter f
and this number was considerably less in proportion than that exhibited by any
European regiment in either division of the army. The aggregate number
a Wilson's Burmese War, page 32*a Wilson's Burmese War, page 32*