1950s photos from military service in Hong Kong

The 1950s saw many British servicemen spend time here in Hong Kong. They had much better access to affordable photography than earlier visitors, so we're lucky to have a good selection of photos from those years:

Nancy Griffiths, Wren, 1949-1952

Nancy served with the Naval Unit of the Hong Kong Defence Force, and was also an accomplished markswoman.

Nancy and friends:

Nancy HKDF

Champion:

HK Bisley Champ

Click here to see more photos of Nancy and her husband Bill, or click here to read more about Nancy.

Howell Green, RASC, 1952-4

Howell served in the water transport division of the Royal Army Service Corps. To help us understand his photos, he has included extracts from letters he wrote home at the time. Here's a sample from Christmas 1953:

No doubt you will have heard about the tragic fire we have had here…a fire started in a village, Shek Kip Mei just a mile or so north of our camp, comprising of wooden shacks.   Within four hours 10,000 shacks were destroyed and 60,000 Chinese were homeless and during those four hours I was in the middle of it.

1953-4 HK Howell Green

1953-4 HK Howell Green

Click here to read more from Howell.

Military Intelligence, 1954/5

Pauline has sent in photos that her husband took in Hong Kong when he was stationed here. He was working in Military Intelligence, so there isn't much from work but there are plenty of interesting photos from around town and on his countryside hikes.

Alexandra House under construction:

Films shot in Hong Kong

A couple from the archives:

Love is a many splendored thing

This film is a great way to see Hong Kong in the 1950s. Here are some stills from it:

The Mansion

Garden Road & Billy Tingle

A couple from the archives:

c.1900 Garden Road

The view from The Club Germania. Click here to read more about this photo.

 

Billy Tingle

Were you a Billy Tingler? Click here to read about Billy's background, and comments from some of the many people whose lives he touched.

Happy Birthdays

I wanted a Birthday-themed photo for this week, and remembered this one:

1950s (?) Children's party

It's definitely a party of some sort, check out the bottles of pop and cake-shop food:

1950s (?) Children's party

But the other photo that came with it shows such a

1969 Heading to the beach to cool off

When: A hot summer's day in 1969 [1]. 

Who: The man on the left looks a bit over-dressed, but the others are ready for the beach:

People

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