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Kwong Wing Chung


1. c. 1878-80 (LaFargue Collection)  2. 1878, Member, "Orientals" baseball team (LaFargue Collection)

Pinyin & Chinese characters Kuang Yongzhong 邝咏钟1

Variant Spellings & Other Names Chung Wing Kwong
Kuang Yin Chung2
Kwon Yung Kwang
Kwong C. Wing
Yung Chun Kwong
Yung Chung Kwang
K. Wing3

Other Chinese Names

Detachment 2
LaFargue No. 56
Date of Birth 1861

Place of Birth Nanhai, Guangdong

Age at Departure for U.S. 13 (Lunar Calendar)
Date of Death 23 August 1884
Place of Death Fuzhou: killed in action at “Battle of Pagoda Anchorage” of Sino-French War.

Place(s) of residence in U.S. Wilbraham, MA
Northampton, MA

American Host Family/ies  
School(s), with dates Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, MA, 1873-18764
Williston Seminary, Easthampton, MA 1876-18794

Notable activities/ awards in school Member of the “Orientals” baseball team. Played football at Williston Seminary.5

College/University, with dates M.I.T., 1879-18806

Notable activities/ awards in College

Degree/Diploma Obtained, with date  
First Assignment in China Assigned to Fuzhou Naval School.

Later Positions Naval Officer in Beiyang Squandron. Served aboard the gunboat Chen Wei 振威.7

Employment sector(s) Military: Navy

Final rank, if in gov't service

Father's name Kuang Meizhen 邝美珍


Mother's name  
Family relations w/ other CEM students

Children's Names


Other Six ex-CEM students served aboard Chinese vessels during the French naval bombardment of Mawei 馬尾Dockyard (“The Pagoda Anchorage”) near Fuzhou, on 23 August 1884: Young Shang Him (Rong Shangqian 容尚谦 I, 6), Kwong Wing Chung, Sit Yau Fu (Xue Youfu 薛有福 III, 75), Yang Sew Nan (Yang Zhaonan 杨兆南 III, 85), Wong Kwei Liang (Huang Jiliang 黄季良 III, 86), and Woo Kee Tsao (Wu Qizao 吴其藻 IV, 100).  Of the six, Young Shang Him and Woo Kee Tsao survived the battle, but four lost their lives: Kwong Wing Chung, Second Detachment, aboard the Chen Wei; and three others, all Third Detachment men, aboard the Yang Wu 杨武: Sit Yau Fu, Yang Sew Nan, and Wong Kwei Liang.

Notes and Sources 1. Characters for personal name as in Yung Shang Him (1939), 26, and in student name list compiled by Won Bing Chung (Wen Bingzhong 温秉忠 II, 36); other sources give either 詠钟 or 泳钟.

2. Springfield Daily Republican, 26 July 1873, 3.

3. Signature: "Yours truly / K. Wing / Canton / China Jan 4 1875," in autograph book of Yung Kwai (Rong Kui 容揆 II, 34), Archives and Manuscripts, Yale University Library.

4. Attendance at Wesleyan Academy and Williston Seminary: Rhoads (2011), 92, Table 7.1; 100, Table 7.3.

5. Rhoads (2011), 147.

6. Rhoads (2011), 116, Table 8.1. Qian & Hu (2003), 108; Qian & Hu (2004), 115.

7. During the bombardment of Mawei Dockyard the wooden gunboat Chen Wei, built and launched at Fuzhou in 1872, was completely destroyed by a single shell fired from the French cruiser, Triomphante. Wright (2000), 61-63.