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Mount Davis

Mount Davis

Grave believed to be war time. Can anyone translate the chinese charactors. Is it a name or just the number above it. We found numerous graves and tunnels dug into the hillside. These were discovered after a brush fire on the mountain.

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Tuesday, January 1, 1957


三千七百二九 means three thousand seven hundred twenty nine i.e 3729; seems it's a grave for the unknowns...



Hi Stephen, any chance you can remember how big these tunnels were, and whether they were concrete-lined or just roughly cut out of the hillside?

Concrete-lined suggests something built by the British pre-WW2, while the roughly cut tunnels were probably dug by the Japanese. (Something like these). Most we're seen were just big enough for one person to move through, but I believe there were others dug that were big enough to hold an artillery gun.

Regards, David

The tunnels were rough cut with earth sides. As I remember they were about 15 yards deep. You had to crawl into them for about 2 or 3 yards and then you could crouch down and walk. In some places there was a second exit, or perhaps it was a ventilation hole. Cut into the tunnel sides were small niches possibly for lights. I crawled in and met a rather large insect. Large enough to make me retreat at a rate of knots. That was the only time I entered them. Thank you for the translation of the grave markers I presumed the chinese characters linked with the numerals or it a name.

Thanks Stephen, they sound just like the Japanese tunnels we've visited elsewhere around Hong Kong. They're still full of nasty creepy-crawlies today!

Regards, David