7th queens own hussars date 1956 | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

7th queens own hussars date 1956

7th queens own hussars date 1956

My father is second row from the back. 3rd in from the left.


Hi David. I’m Looking at the highly polished boots!! on these soldiers, this tells me it’s your fathers platoon after their passing out parade after 6 weeks basic training and he is now a fully trained soldier? the group photo with them is their platoon sargeant- corporal- and officer. You tell me your dad was eventually a vehicle mechanic so probably his next move would be to Taunton for training on repairing military vehicles. After passing this test he would become a Craftsman and not a private soldier. I’m 95% certain this photo is taken on the parade ground at Heathfield Camp Honiton, fairly sure I recognise the background, because this is the camp I arrived at on 21 June 1956. (small world sometimes) for my basic training!!. Its only after becoming fully trained we were then posted to other REME workshops or as Light Aid Detachments to Regiments throughout the world, in your fathers  case to Queens Own 7th Hussars in Hong Kong, This would put me about 4 weeks behind your father at the same camp. Regards Bryan.

Hi Bryan, I hope your enjoying this trip down memory lane as much as I am finding information out about my fathers time doing national service. Why he chose never to tell us I guess I will never know. When I visit the care home next time I will go armed with my iPad and this website and see if he can remember anything.

your imput along with others has been invaluable to me.

thanks again David.


Which Squadron was he with in Hong Kong? (I note from separate discussion with Bryan that each Squadron had its own REME attachment)

Have you any photos of their tanks - likely Comet or Churchill at that stage ?


3rd troop B squadron 7th Hussars.