Photo from the Elizabeth Ride Collection.
Tony Banham mentioned this photo in the 21st December entry on his website:
21. Elizabeth Ride sent a fascinating photo of the HKVDC Corps Signals. We’ve identified the majority as follows:
1a - Walters (Shanghai),
1b - Signalman Conrad Semmelmann,
1c - Rose,
1d - McNider,
1e - Rogers,
1f - Warnock,
1g - Signalman James King,
1h - Captain Arthur Braude,
1i - Sergeant Robert Meadows,
1j - CSM Richard Rathmell,
1k - Second Lieutenant Alan Coppin,
1l - Signalman Brendan Wilson,
1m - Signalman William Gegg,
1n - Carr,
1o - Signalman Thomas Suiter
2a - Borinevitch (sp?),
2b - May,
2c - Carson,
2d - Lance Corporal Lyall Glendinning,
2e - Barnes,
2f - Warnock,
2g - Cock,
2h - Carson,
2i - Signalman Cedric Salter,
2j - Lance Corporal Herbert Fountain,
2k - Signalman Norman Smith
2l - Signalman Ivor Johnson,
2m - Walker,
2n - Signalman John (Jack) Mitchell,
2o - Warren,
2p - Sergeant Neville Booker.
(I've added in the numbers & letters to Tony's text above, to link them to the photo).
I contacted Elizabeth, and she kindly sent me a copy of the photo and the list of names that went with it. She writes:
On the back is written 'HKVDC Fanling 1941'.
This original photo was sent from Brendan Wilson to Terry Lockhart, and I reproduce (attached) Brendan's chart of the names. As you see, he notes in red ink the men who were ex-CBS. It came to me through Conrad Semmelman.
[I remember from Braude's war diary] that despatch rider Tcheng was blown off his motorcycle at Jardine's Corner and taken to the War Memorial hospital and then Queen Mary, and that the Japanese took off from the China Light and Power wharf at Hung Hom to invade the island on the night of the invasion (reported, by Signals spotters, in two waves).
Thanks to Elizabeth and Tony for this. It mentions several names we've seen before, and I've linked them to their pages.
PS I guess this shows the site of Fanling Camp. Does anyone know where that was?