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In 1840, the troop was sent to China to fight in the Opium Wars, during which the British forces captured the Island of Hong Kong.
In 1841, it provided artillery support for a combined land and sea force assault on the formidable line of forts guarding the mouth of the Siakiang River.
For its contribution, the Honour title 'Dragon' was conferred, and China Dragon and the years '1840–1842' were included in its insignia.
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