Hello all. Somebody has recommended I post on Rum Ration to see if anyone has any knowledge of naval graves from the 19th century. I'm a historian of China who's recently published a book called "Chusan: The Opium Wars and the Forgotten Story of Britain's First Chinese Island" - it's reviewed in Rum Ration's book reviews section if anyone's interested in this period. To get to the point, during the 1840s the British occupied a Chinese island called Chusan (now Zhoushan) for a few years. Early on in the occupation there was a very high death rate amongst the British forces, and there are documentary accounts and watercolours of the Royal Navy burying its dead on a small island in Dinghai harbour, which the British called Grave Island (the pork chop shaped islet at 30deg 00' 08.46" N 122deg 06' 17.50" E). I've visited Dinghai and the island doesn't seem to have been much disturbed, and I'd be surprised if there weren't tangible remains to be excavated. If this were to involve a British team, it's the kind of thing that could only possibly be done with the high-level permission and involvement of the Chinese, possibly even the government in Beijing, and it'd need a well-connected organisation from the British side. I already have initial links to the local city government to help start this off. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission says that they don't deal with pre-WWI burials, but this extremely rare graveyard seems too important to British and RN history to just ignore as being too early. Anybody have any thoughts on any official organisation that might be willing and able to throw its weight in? Cheers!