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:
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.
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.
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