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Hong Kong Gallantry Awards prior to 1997

I have been researching this and updating Wikipedia from time-to-time. Below are the results so far; please let me know if you have any additions or alterations to make.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders,_decorations,_and_medals_of_Hong_Ko...

 

Orders, decorations, and medals of Colonial Hong Kong[edit]

List of awards available to people in Hong Kong prior to 30 June 1997:

Recipients of Colonial Hong Kong Gallantry Awards[edit]

Orders, Decorations and Medals conferred on Hong Kong residents or in respect of Hong Kong service up to 30 June 1996:
Victoria Cross (VC)
John Robert Osborn (1941)

George Cross (GC)
Mateen Ahmed Ansari (1946)
Douglas Ford (1946)
John Alexander Fraser MC & Bar (1946)
Hector Bertram Gray AFM (1946)
Lanceray Arthur Newnham (1946)
Joseph Hughes (1946)

Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Henry William Moncrieff Stewart OBE, MC (1946)
Wells Arnold Bishop (1946)
Ernest Hodkinson (1946)
Cecil Robert Templer (1946)
Evan George Stewart (1946)
Arthur John Dewar (1946)

Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Gallantry
Alfred Creighton Collinson (1946)
Andrew Peffers OBE (1946)

Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Gallantry
Osmonde Hedworth Farrar (1930)
Lindsay Tasman Ride (1942)
Keble Theodore Andrews-Levinge (1946)
Eustace Levett (1946)
John Herbert Price MC (1946)

Order of the British Empire (MBE) for Gallantry
Sher Singh (1945)
Victor Stanley Ebbage BEM (1945)
Hargraves Milne Howell (1945)
William Nichols (1945)
Harry Charles Spong(1945)
David Louis Strellett (1945)
Charles Gentry Turner (1945)
Feroze Khan (1945)
Sister Elizabeth Mosey (1946)
Stanley Gordon Woods (1968)
Frederick John Preston (1973)

Indian Order of Merit (IOM)
Ali Mohd (1946)
Phul Singh (1946)
Nawaz Khan (1946)
Lakhu Singh (1946)

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
William Morley Wright (1942)
John Christian Bolder DSC & Bar (1942)
Arthur Luard Pears (1942)
Bruce Graham Clarke (1946)

Royal Red Cross - Member (RRC)
Sister Mary Ann Lockerbie Currie (née Davies; 1946)
Sister Margaret Anna North (1946)

Military Cross (MC)
E.W.M.L. Corbally (1942)
R.H.D. Scriven (1942)
Ivan Bernard Trevor (1942)
David Ronald Holmes (1943)
K.A. Munro (1943)
P. Steyn (1944)
R.A.S. Lane (1944)
J.S. McKay (1945)
James Allan Ford (1945)
Abdul Jabaar (1945)
Khan Sherrin (1945)
Martin Pryce Weedon (1945)
John Stanley Marcus Vintner (1945)
Robert Leslie Berridge (1945)
Caesar Edward Orway (1945)
David Pinkerton (1945)
Christopher Mark Maurice Man (1945)
Frederick Temple Atkinson (1945)
Uriah Laite (1945)
Robert William Philip (1945)
Thomas Alexander Blackwood (1945)
Collison Alexander Blaver (1945)
William Francis Nugent (1945)
Francis Gavan Power (1945)
Michael George Carruthers (1945)
B.C. Field (1945)
Ivor Phillip Tamworth (1945)
E.B. Teesdale (1945)
Mehr Khan (1945)
Shah Mohamed (1945)
Kampta Phasad (1945)
Haider Rehman Khan (1945)
David Clive Crosby Trench (Solomon Islands; 1946)
G.D.M. Williams (1965)

Air Force Cross (AFC)
Danny Cheung Kwong (1965)
Richard Paul Seymour (1973)
Peter Stephen Boyland (1992)
Christopher Jeremy Spencer Fynes (1993)
Steven Derek Murkin (1993)

Royal Red Cross - Associate (ARRC)
Sister Edith Butlin (1946)
Sister Gwendoline Colthorpe (1946)
Sister Edith Freda Davies (1946)
Sister Kathleen Georgina Christie (1946)
Sister Anna May Waters (1946)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
Kishen Singh (1917)
Rur Singh (1917)
M.J. Muldowney (1920)
Colin Alden Standish (1920)
Derek Everard Rix (1920)
Arthur David Manning (1920)
Albert Edward Miller (1920)
Thomas F. Stainton (1920)
Charles Albert Clark (1920)
Ronald John Routledge (1946)

George Medal (GM)
N.G.A. Noble (1947)
Ian P. Hyde (Malaya; 1947)
Cheung On (1947)
Chau Fook (1952)
James Hidden (1952)
Leung Yiu-tong (1953)
P. Muskett (1958)
William James Gorman (1960)
Edward Louis Hanlon (1964)
James Hall Matchett (1968)
Choi Chor (1973)
James Hogg Bruce (1973)
John Caruth Gorman (1973)
Leung Shiu-kay (1973)
Chiu Yiu-nam (1983)
Ng Hung-shek (1994)

King's Police Medal for Gallantry (KPM)
Timothy Murphy (1923)
Kenneth Andrew (1928)
Roland Henry John Brooks (1947)
David Loie Fook-wing (1947)
Duncan George MacPherson (1947)
Harold Tiplady (1949)
Wong Wai Tsoi (1949)
Li Fu (1949)
Chiu Ho-ching (1949)

Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry (QPM)
Cheng Kin Cheung (1955)

Indian Distinguished Service Medal (IDSM)
Amanat Ali (1946)

Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)
Bernard Charlie Lilley (1946)
Albert John White (1946)

Military Medal (MM)
Ghulam Mohamad (1917), Nihal Singh (1917), Lab Singh (1918), Ghulam Hussain (1918), Tika Khan (1918), A. Hutchins (1919), Patrick John Sheridan (1942), Francis Lee Yiu-piu (1942), D.I. Bosanquet (1943), W.G. Poy (1944), A.A. Iles (1944), E.G. Jones (1944), Walter Ivan Cook (1946), Charles Douglas Goddard (1946), Arthur Philip Hoxby (1946), Puran Singh (1946), Resham Khan (1946), Tularam Singh (1946), Gordon Edward Williamson (1946), Stanley Walter Wright (1946), Emile Gregory Bernard (1946), Seldon Grant Stoddard (1946), Cecil Thomas Whalen (1946), Murray Thomas Goodenough (1946), Lionel Curtis Speller (1946), Kenneth Stanley Cameron (1946), Ronald Edward Atkinson (1946), Meirion Price (1946), John Leslie Varley (1946), Ernest Irwin Bennett (1946), William Henry Morris (1946), Ban Tsan-chuen (1946), H.V. Pearse (1946), C.L. Salter (1946), C.D. Walker (1946), Victor White (1946), David William Yee (1946), Mohd Amir (1946), Alfred Thomas Goschen Lloyd (1946), Chau Sik-wah (1952), Li Hon To (1960), Lui Tong (1960).
(NOTE: Further work required for 1946; see http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37521/supplements/1672)

Air Force Medal (AFM)
Keith George Thomas Sturge (1992)

Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) (records incomplete here)
JOHN CROPPER, Chief Officer,GEORGE REGINALD JENKINS, Third Officer, BOND HUGGINS, Apprentice, WON JAH, HONG KAM, LAM POW, and LEONG YOE, Seamen, of the SS Bowes Castle; THOMAS LLOYD WILLIAMS, Chief Officer, KENNETH HENRY STUART,Second Officer, HAROLD WAINRIGHT, GEORGE ARTHUR PARKER, STANLEY LEONARD GARRETT, JOHN EDWARD SNAITH, Apprentices, GE LING LOW, Quartermaster, SING YUNG SANG, Boatswain, CHING CHIN FONG, LIN AH YOK, LEE VAN CHAN, CHANG CHIN PAN, CHANG PAN FAH and YING AH PAN, Seamen of the SS Egremont Castle; A. LEXOW, Chief Officer,ROLF FREDERIK MOLTZAU, Second Officer, G. DAKSERHOFF, Third Officer, CHEE AH KUN, Boatswain's Mate, HAN FAT SANG, TSE TOR, and LIN CHANG CHIN, Quartermasters, fireman, and cabin boy who formed part of the boat's crew from the SS Hwah Ping (all 1923); SO HAU, Fireman of SS Paul Beau of Hong Kong (1925)[2]

Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry (CPM)
Frederick Edward Evelyn Booker, Jack Cooper Fitz-Henry, Chan Ng, William Stirton McHardy, Christopher Stanley Pile, Tam Chung, Tang Ka, Gordon Charles Taylor, Frederick Douglas Bishop Tuckett (1939), George Allan Rodney Wright-Nooth (1946), Roland Henry John Brooks (1947), Charles William Brown (1947), Chan Sang (1947), Ho Yuk (1947), Lok So (1947), William Todd (1947), Yan Fuk (1947), Chan Wing (1948), Chiu Ho-ching (1948), Li Fu (1948), Li Hon-to (1960), Lui Tong (1960), Wong Kai-wan (1962), Cheung Tin (1964), William Roger Deane (1964), John Henry Douglas Bell (1964), Brian Gray Fender (1964), Cheng Yee Hung (1966), Cheung Kwai Chau (1966), Law Kim-chuen (1966), Wu Yun-tsung (1966), Chiu Sau-sum (1968), Trevor John Colley (1968), Kwok Chung (1968), David Pitt (1968), Edward Joseph Stevenson (1968), Tang Wong-yau (1968), Tsang Wing CPM & Bar (1968), Cheung Tin-fat (1972), Roberton James Patterson Burton (1972), Kong Yuk-sut (1972), Leung Kam-ming (1972), Choy Fut-po (1973), Chiu Yiu-chip (1973), Anthony Stuart Conway (1973), Leslie Burton (1973), Peter Michael Mullens (1973), Lun Kam-yat (1973), Luk Kai-lau (1973), Ng Kam-hung (1973), David Wilfred Frederick O'Brien (1973), John Reid (1973), Yau Shou-kit (1973), Chan Kam-ming (1974), Lau Piu (1974)

Queen's Gallantry Medal (QGM)
Yip Long-ping (1977), Ho Hing-chuen (1979), Aimansing Limbu (1979), Chan Kwai-fai (1980), Tung Chi-kan (1980), Yeung Chun-hing (1980), Nicholas Alexander McQueen (1981), Lo Wai-shing (1982), Cheung Wai-leung (1982), Chiu Shing-chau (1982), Leung Siu-lin (1984), Timothy Martin Adamson (1984), Michael John Lovatt (1986), Chiu Ka-ping (1987), Li Tam-shing (1989), Lui Tak-wah (1989), Chan Chi-choi (1989), Cheng Kwok-wai (1991), Anthony Martin Leahy (1991), Nicholas John Roberts (1991), Tsang Hung-lit (1991), Yeung Kwok-wing (1993), Nigel Mills (1993), Griffiths (1993), Chan Lun-fat (1993), Cheung Hin-yeung (1993), Yeung Chi-fai (1995), Cheung Kwok Keung (1995), Lee Man-ying (1995), WPC Leung Lai-fun (1995), Barry John Smith (1995), Andrew Mark Steeple (1996), Jason Chan Siu-kei (1997), Ma Hing-keung (1997), Ma Ka-kuen (1997)

British Empire Medal for Gallantry (BEM)
Jalal Din (1946)
Mohammed Afsar (1946)
Richard Malig (1947)
Emundo Da Silva (1947)
David John Leonard (1947) Gordon Cleaver 1953,
Peter Anderson (1955)
Yu Kwong (1960)
Tang Sai-bun (1962)
Bhimraj Rai (1962)
Lee Nai Liang (1965)
David Lawrence Birch (1965)
Anthony Charlwood (1968)
Jack Cavie (1968)
Anthony Roger Prouse (1973)

Mentions in Dispatches (MID)
Charles Cranes, Albert Archibald Bennett, William Hook, William Barker Bradley, John Edward Dunderdale, James Forsyth Ross, Arthur Beresford Scott, Maurice D'Avignon, George Stuart MacDonnell, Kenneth Edward Porter, Charles John Sharp, Leslie Robert Stickles, James Murray Thom, Charles Watson, John Joseph Fitzpatrick, Edwin Harrison, Lorne Rayburn Latimer, Ernest Charles McFarland, George William McRae, Sydney Albert Sheffer, Edwin George Smith, Frank Brown, Bernard Castonguay, Robert Damant, Morgan Isaac Davies, Aubery Peacock Flegg, Nelson Carlisle Galbraith, Norman Charles Matthews, Lloyd Logan Roblee, James Austen Wallace, Ellis Taylor Edge, Sister E.A. Hills (all 1946)
NOTE: Further work required for 1946 Posthumous MID/MID (see http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37636/start=1http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37521/supplements/1672http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37704/supplements/4342)

Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct (QCBC)
Donald William Cuthbert (1954), Robert Esson (1954), Lo Chow (1955), James Steele (1955), Arthur Checksfield (1960), Ronald Harry George McKinlay (1960), Wong Kam-wah (1962), Lau Cheung (1963), Choi Yuk-shu (1964), Ng Wing-hang (1964), John Samuel Barker (1968), Peter Christopher Bickmore (1968), Francis Michael Digby Hoyal (1968), Douglas Ralph Humphrey (1968), Mark Gregory Richie (1968), Dunraj Rai (1968), Lakhdham Rai (1968), Terence Arthur Berrecloth (1973), Chan Shing-tak (1973), Chan Shing-yuk (1973), Cheung Shu-sing (1973), Trevor George Collins (1973), Hung Sui-to (1973), Paul Kennedy (1973), Kong Kin (1973), Leung Shing-chau (1973), Li Chuen (1973), Liu Chiu-kwan (1973), Lo Shiu-kuen (1973), John Dominic Moran (1973), Pun Wai-cheung (1973), Guy Sanderson Shirra (1973), Tam Wai-hung (1973), Tsui Hin-kwing, Wong Shiu-hung (1973), Yip Kai (1976), Lam Sai-kit (1977), Lo Wing-tai (1977), Lo Yin-hok (1977), Miu Wa-keung (1977), Cheung Ching (1978), Chu Yung-san (1978), Jiwanprassad Gurung (1978), Li Wai-leung (1978), Ng Choi-leung (1978), Chau Kwong-tak (1979), Ng Chung-hung (1979), Dalbahadur Rai (1979), Tang Kwok-fung (1979), To Kwok-chiu (1979), Leung Kam-chu (1980), Tsui Pui-ling (1980), Chan Shiu-fai (1981), Mohamad Aslam (1982), Wong Chun-fai (1982), Chan Chung-hing (1983), Ko Wing-wah (1983), Robert Ying Ka-wong (1983), Chiu Kwok-yin (1984), Li Kei-kit (1984), Ma Shui-lun (1984), Yan Ping-kuen (1984), Fu Siu-wing (1986), Li Hoi-chin (1986), Ng Kwan-wai (1986), Wong Kwai-leung (1989), Kam Man-wei (1990), Wong Chi-hung (1990), Andrew Richard Harrison (1992), Lam Kong (1992), Christopher James O'Donnell (1992), John Jamieson Oberg Stoddart (1992), Tam Ting-kai (1992), Tang Yau-keung (1992), Chau Ka-keung (1994)

Queen's Commendation for Bravery (QCB)
Brian James Morris (1995)
Stephen John Rule (1995)
Wut Chi-wai (1995)
Cham Wui-wai (1996)
Chan Chi-man (1996)
Hon Wing-sang (1996)
Wu Wai-cham (1997)
Chow Hau-leung (1997)

Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA)
Raymond Chang Yao-teng (1996)
Ronald So Chi-yip (1997)


Kings/Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air (K/QCVSA) The Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service (or King's Commendation for Valuable Service) is a British civilian and military award that recognises meritorious service during, or in support of, operations. Commercial and test pilots have received the award in recognition of extraordinary flying during extreme conditions. These are not gallantry awards, however.

Gerald Walter Cussans 1947,
Danny Cheung Kong AFC (1962)
Argo Chow Chong Yan (1965)
Thomas Douglas Lewis (1965)
Ronald Percy Smith (1965)
Paul Henry Rosentall (1983)
Edward Ho Dick Sang (1983)
Ross Law Siu-hing (1983)
Frank James Pilkington (1983)
Elton Tang Sing Cheung (1983)
David Arthur Walmsley (1992)
Richard Paul Cooke (1992)
Michael William Pedrick (1992)
Grant Robertson (1993)
Raymong Chang Yao Teng (1993)
Jimmy Choi Chiu Ming (1993)
Michael Ellis (1993)
Mason Ng Wai Cheong (1993)
German Tsoi Tak-man (1994)

GSS 01Mar18 (Edit)

Forum: 

Hi guyshirra,

May I ask what the sources of your information are?

There are a couple more that I know of:

Captain Mateen Ahmed ANSARI of the 5th Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment was awarded the George Cross posthumously in 1946.  He was executed by the Japanese in 1943 while being a prisoner of war in Hong Kong.

Mr. NG Hung-shek, immigration assistant, Immigration Department, Hong Kong, was awarded a George Medal posthumously in 1994.  I believe he was shot dead while trying to apprehend some robbers in a robbery in 1990.

Here is the obituary of the Falkland veteran and George Medal recipient Mr. CHIU Yiu-nam: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9129584/Chiu-Yiu-Nam.html

hello all

There were six George crosses awarded in Hong Kong including Ansaris

regards

GaryLiddell

Many thanks for these three. My sources are varied but mostly HK Government records. I will be visiting the archives again soon. Captain Ansari confirmed George Cross awarded 1946, Chiu Yiu-nam confirmed as George Medal awarded 1983 and Ng Hung-shek confirmed as George Medal awarded 1994. I have also found this: http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/jap_pows.htm in relation to BAAG and HK POWs.

That is a considerable number; do you have any further information please? Seems as though this link is related: http://www.stephen-stratford.co.uk/jap_pows.htm

George crosses awarded in Hong Kong

Ansari  Ford  Grey  Newnham  Hughes & one other whose name escapes me

Gary Liddell

Thank you Gary; see this link above.

Thank you guyshirra

I must admit I over looked that link

I think perhaps we are drifting away from the original posting which related to awards to HK residents

I posted to Davids email last night the gallantry awards that were awarded to members of the HKVDC(both during & post war)

The members of the HKVDC would have certainly been local residents

The list of recipients is more than impressive

There was certainly more acts of bravery that went unrecognised

Guy,

You could search this site for words like medal / medals / award / awards, etc., to check the results are already in your list.

A search for similar terms at HKGRO could also unearth some. eg a quick skim through a couple of  these results: http://hkgro.lib.hku.hk/exhibits/show/hkgro/home?the_key=new+year%27s+honours&the_field=any&fromYear=1842&toYear=1941&collection=&the_no_result=20&the_sort=d shows shows a King's Police Medal awarded to Chief Inspector Peter Grant on 2nd Jan, 1933.

Similarly, a search for relevant words in the local newspapers, https://mmis.hkpl.gov.hk/web/guest/advanced-search, might turn up some more and also give the story behind the medal.

Do you plan to update the list at the head of this page as you get more results, or just keep the Wikipedia list updated? If you're going to update this list, I suggest setting it up as a table so it can be sorted by date, name, etc.

Gary, thanks for the lists. I have a couple of questions about them I'll ask by email before posting.

Regards, David

Thanks to Gary for pointing out that Appendix IV of Hong Kong Volunteers in Battle (2005 edition) by Evan Stewart lists awards made to HKVDC members:

HKVDC - Honours and awards received 1 of 4
HKVDC - Honours and awards received 2 of 4
HKVDC - Honours and awards received 3 of 4
HKVDC - Honours and awards received 4 of 4

Good morning all

If I may suggest you contact the manager /curator at the police museum in Coombe road for an honour roll of all police recipients of gallantry awards since 1840I am sure he would be forthcoming

All the best

Gary Liddell

Guy, not sure if you're including these or not, but the awards look to have been given to recognise acts of bravery, eg see http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/1947-01-01;1948-01-01/all=hong+kong;exact=british+empire+medal/start=1

Elizabeth Ride notes that the search on the London Gazette site isn't always accurate, eg the above search missed this list of six BEM recipients in Hong Kong in 1947: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/1947-01-17/page=403/start=1

Regards, David

The George Medal awarded to Chiu Yiu Nam,a Hong Kong citizen serving on board the Royal Fleet Auxilliary vessel ' Sir Galahad ' for his gallantry during the Faklands conflict,along with his South Atlantic medal will be auctioned at D.N.W (London) on the 20th September this year.The pair are estimated to realise GBP40,000 to GBP60,000.

HK Govt Gazette May 19th 1939

GN 1170     CPM for conspicuous gallantry to Chief Inspector Frederick Edward Evelyn BOOKER and Superintendent Jack Cooper Fitz-Henry.

Guy, are you including awards related to events in Hong Kong, even if the recipient wasn't a Hong Kong resident? If yes, Henry Ching notes Osborn's VC should be mentioned too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Robert_Osborn

Regards, David

Thank you again. My aim was to include only those awards won in HK which included members of the military who did not strictly reside here.

Thank you David. My post seems to be working and I now have several new leads to follow up on. I think it would be best for me to update Wikipedia as I go along and when I am eventually satisfied that I can go no further, I will update Gwulo. How's that? Best to reply by email as you say.

Thank you, very useful. I will get the book out of the library.

I will check but most BEMs would not be for gallantry as with KPMs...

Thank you. I am retired RHKP and helped with some of the exhibits. The Roll of Honour is not very helpful as it lists only officers killed in the line of duty.

The best example is in the foyer of the Metropolitan Police in New Scotland Yard where they have a beautifully illustrated book open at the page closest to the date of an offficer killed giving full details of the circumstances. The HKP can only manage a book with a name and a date....

I have that, thank you.

Hello Guyshirra

Here is another addition for your list:

On 18 July 1925 a landslip occurred at Po Hing Fong - destroying many houses and causing 73 deaths. For his exceptional courage in rescuing victims Henry Tom Brooks, who had been appointed Superintendent of the Hong Kong Fire Brigade in 1922, was awarded the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem Medal. Henry Brooks was instrumental in restructuring the Hong Kong Fire Brigade.  As a source for this you can refer to the book "The Great Fire of Hong Kong" by Adam Nebbs (page 112) and the medal is now held at the Auckland War Musuem, New Zealand.  

 

 

Also:

You mention Roland Brooks as having received the King's Police Medal for Gallantry (KPM) - this is correct, but it would be appropriate to put his full name of Roland Henry John Brooks. (RHJ Brooks is the son of HT Brooks - they are my father and grandfather).

Suziepie


Staff-Sergeant Patrick John Sheridan, an RASC baker posing as a civilian, was awarded a Military Medal (Gazetted November 10, 1942) for an escape beginning at the French Hospital in Causeway Bay on June 4, 1942.

http://gwulo.com/node/13915

Henry Ching writes:

Here are more possibilities, though I do not know if their awards were for gallantry:

 - Captain Arthur John Dewar, RASC received the DSO. 

 - Sister Elizabeth Mosey, employed as a nurse at the Repulse Bay Hotel, received the MBE.

 - Sister E.A.Hills of the Nursing Detachment, HKVDC was Mentioned in Despatches.

Incidentally, in the list above, W.G.Poy is mentioned twice for his MM – perhaps an error?

The Lee Yiu-pui mentioned in connection with the award of the Military Medal in 1946 should be identical to Francis Lee Yiu-piu (No.75) of the British Army Aid Group.  In his book on the BAAG, Edwin Ride devoted a chapter to Franics Lee under his pseudo-nickname "Chicken Lee" (Lee Kai).

In January 1942, Francis Lee stayed on as a PoW at Shamshuipo even when he could have been freed.  He made the arrangement and led the escape of Lindsay Ride Party of 3, over the hills of Kowloon to Saikung where they were aided by the Kong Kau Independent Brigade of the Communist Guerrillas to sail from the Three Fathoms Cove to Dapeng Bay; from where they made it overland to frontline town of Wai Chow of Free China.

Lindsay Ride conceived the idea of forming the BAAG in consultation with Francis Lee during the trip.  At its nascent formation, Francis Lee returned to Hong Kong to do recce and lay groundwork for the underground operation.  He was arrested by the Kempatei, tortured and sentenced to death.  He was transferred to Shenzhen where he made good his escape.  

Not withstanding that torture & near death plight, Francis Lee returned to occupied-Hong Kong with the recce team led by Ronald Holmes in the summer of 1942.  He came down from the Lion Rocks and went to the urban areas in furtherance of his tasks.

In the autunm of 1942, Francis Lee again returned to occupied HK to set up Post Y at Chek Keng, Saikung.  Post X at Shayuchung, Dapeng Bay; Post Y at Saikung; and Post Z (Kwong Hang Store at Shamsuipo) formed a special communication line in co-operation with the Kong Kau Guerrillas, between AHQ at Wai Chow and underground operatives in HK.  Francis Lee was stationed most of the time at Post Y (relieved periodically by Thomas Osler).

The liaison work with the guerrillas was challenging as it would be under the strong suspicion of both the Communist and Nationalist Government authorities.  During his posting at Post Y, Francis Lee made trips to urban Kowloon including meeting agents and taking photographs.  Post Y was closed down in July 1943.  Post Z in Shamshuipo was raided earlier by the Kempatei along with the demise of Group B which establshed initial contact with Shamshuipo Camp and the Indians at Ma Tau Chung Camp.    

In October 1944, Francis Lee led a Recce Team to set up an Observation Post for enemy shipping at Koling in Dapeng Penninsular.  Operation 'FRIGATE BIRD' did not materialise because the team was captured by the local Communist Guerrillas and held hostage at Tung Peng Chau until December when a ransom was paid after negotiation by Ronald Holmes.

Apart from the MM, the courageous, resourceful and very dedicated Francis Lee was also awarded the MBE (military division) and received his commission during the War.  He was a founding member of the BAAG.  However, the Francis Lee I knew as a kid was a meek & mild man whom we called, somehow but rather deservedly, 'Uncle Lion'.  He passed away in the early 1960s with a young family who are now living in Toronto.

 

 

Recipients of Colonial Hong Kong Gallantry Awards[edit]

(Orders, Decorations and Medals conferred on Hong Kong residents or in respect of Hong Kong service up to 30 June 1996)

Victoria Cross (VC) John Robert Osborn 1941. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Robert_Osborn

George Cross (GC) Mateen Ahmed Ansari, Douglas Ford, John Alexander Fraser MC & Bar, Hector Bertram Gray AFM, Lanceray Arthur Newnham, Joseph Hughes 1946

Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Gallantry Alfred Creighton Collinson, Andrew Peffers OBE 1946,

Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Gallantry Osmonde Hedworth Farrar 1930, Lindsay Tasman Ride 1942, Keble Theodore Andrews-Levinge, Eustace Levett, John Herbert Price MC 1946,

Distinguished Service Order (DSO) Henry William Moncrieff Stewart OBE, MC, Wells Arnold Bishop, Ernest Hodkinson, Cecil Robert Templer, Evan George Stewart, Arthur John Dewar 1946

Order of the British Empire - (MBE) for Gallantry Sher Singh 1945, Victor Stanley Ebbage BEM, Hargraves Milne Howell, William Nichols, Harry Charles Spong, David Louis Strellett, Charles Gentry Turner, Feroze Khan, Sister Elizabeth Mosey 1946, Stanley Gordon Woods 1968, Frederick John Preston 1973

Indian Order of Merit (IOM) Ali Mohd, Phul Singh, Nawaz Khan, Lakhu Singh 1946

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) William Morley Wright 1942, John Christian Bolder DSC (Bar), Arthur Luard Pears, Bruce Graham Clarke 1946

Royal Red Cross - Member (RRC) Sister Mary Ann Lockerbie Currie née Davies, Sister Margaret Anna North 1946

Military Cross (MC) E.W.M.L. Corbally, R.H.D. Scriven, Ivan Bernard Trevor 1942, David Ronald Holmes 1943, K.A. Munro, P. Steyn 1944, R.A.S. Lane, J.S. McKay 1945, James Allan Ford, Abdul Jabaar, Khan Sherrin, Martin Pryce Weedon, John Stanley Marcus Vintner, Robert Leslie Berridge, Caesar Edward Orway, David Pinkerton, Christopher Mark Maurice Man, Frederick Temple Atkinson, Uriah Laite, Robert William Philip, Thomas Alexander Blackwood, Collison Alexander Blaver, William Francis Nugent, Francis Gavan Power, Michael George Carruthers, B.C. Field, Ivor Phillip Tamworth, E.B. Teesdale, Mehr Khan, Shah Mohamed, Kampta Phasad, Haider Rehman Khan, David Clive Crosby Trench (Solomon Islands) 1946, G.D.M. Williams 1965

Air Force Cross (AFC) Danny Cheung Kwong 1965, Richard Paul Seymour 1973, Peter Stephen Boyland 1992, Christopher Jeremy Spencer Fynes, Steven Derek Murkin 1993

Royal Red Cross - Associate (ARRC) Sister Edith Butlin, Sister Gwendoline Colthorpe, Sister Edith Freda Davies, Sister Kathleen Georgina Christie, Sister Anna May Waters 1946

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) Kishen Singh, Rur Singh 1917, M.J. Muldowney 1920, Colin Alden Standish, Derek Everard Rix, Arthur David Manning, Albert Edward Miller, Thomas F. Stainton, Charles Albert Clark, Ronald John Routledge 1946

George Medal (GM) N.G.A. Noble, Ian P. Hyde (Malaya), Cheung On 1947, Chau Fook, James Hidden 1952, LEUNG Yiu-tong 1953, P. Muskett 1958, William James Gorman 1960, Edward Louis Hanlon 1964, Choi Chor, James Hogg Bruce, John Caruth Gorman, Leung Shiu-kay 1973, Chiu Yiu-nam 1983, Ng Hung-shek 1994

King’s Police Medal for Gallantry (KPM) Timothy Murphy 1923; Kenneth Andrew 1928, Chan Ng, William McHardy, Christopher Pile, Tam Chung, Tang Ka, Gordon Taylor, Frederick Tucket 1939; Roland Henry John Brooks, David Loie Fook-wing, Duncan George MacPherson 1947; Harold Tiplady, Wong Wai Tsoi 1949

Queen's Police Medal for Gallantry (QPM) Cheng Kin Cheung 1955

Indian Distinguished Service Medal (IDSM) Amanat Ali 1946

Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) Bernard Charlie Lilley, Albert John White1946

Military Medal (MM) Ghulam Mohamad, Nihal Singh 1917, Lab Singh, Ghulam Hussain, Tika Khan 1918, A. Hutchins 1919; Patrick John Sheridan, Francis Lee Yiu Piu 1942, D.I. Bosanquet 1943, W.G. Poy, A.A. Iles, E.G. Jones 1944, Walter Ivan Cook, Charles Douglas Goddard, Arthur Philip Hoxby, Puran Singh, Resham Khan, Tularam Singh, Gordon Edward Williamson, Stanley Walter Wright, Emile Gregory Bernard, Seldon Grant Stoddard, Cecil Thomas Whalen, Murray Thomas Goodenough, Lionel Curtis Speller, Kenneth Stanley Cameron, Ronald Edward Atkinson, Meirion Price, John Leslie Varley, Ernest Irwin Bennett, William Henry Morris, Ban Tsan-chuen, H.V. Pearse, C.L. Salter, C.D. Walker, Victor White, W.D. Yee, Mohd Amir, Alfred Thomas Goschen Lloyd 1946, Chau Sik Wah 1952, Li Hon To, Lui Tong 1960. Further work required for 1946 MM: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37521/supplements/1672

Air Force Medal (AFM) Keith George Thomas Sturge 1992

Sea Gallantry Medal (SGM) (officially 'The Board of Trade Medal for Saving Life at Sea'), Silver JOHN CROPPER, Chief Officer,GEORGE REGINALD JENKINS, Third Officer, BOND HUGGINS, Apprentice, WON JAH, HONG KAM, LAM POW, and LEONG YOE, Seamen, of the ss Bowes Castle;  THOMAS LLOYD WILLIAMS, Chief Officer,KENNETH HENRY STUART,Second Officer, HAROLD WAINRIGHT, GEORGE ARTHUR PARKER, STANLEY LEONARD GARRETT, JOHN EDWARD SNAITH, Apprentices, GE LING LOW, Quartermaster, SING YUNG SANG, Boatswain, CHING CHIN FONG, LIN AH YOK, LEE VAN CHAN, CHANG CHIN PAN, CHANG PAN FAH and YING AH PAN, Seamen of the ss Egremont Castle; A. LEXOW, Chief Officer,ROLF FREDERIK MOLTZAU, Second Officer, G. DAKSERHOFF, Third Officer, CHEE AH KUN, Boatswain's Mate, HAN FAT SANG, TSE TOR, and LIN CHANG CHIN,  Quartermasters, fireman, and cabin boy who formed part of the boat's crew from the ss Hwah Ping all 1923; SO HAU, Fireman of ss Paul Beau of Hong Kong, 1925 (Source: http://www.searlecanada.org/hemy/SGM001.html)

Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry (CPM) Frederick Edward Evelyn Booker, Jack Cooper Fitz-Henry 1939, George Allan Rodney Wright-Nooth 1946, Roland Henry John Brooks, Charles William Brown, Chan Sang, Ho Yuk, Lok So, William Todd, Yan Fuk 1947, Chan Wing, Chiu Ho Ching, Li Fo 1948, Li Hon To, Lui Tong 1960, Wong Kai Wan 1962, Cheung Tin, William Roger Deane, John Henry Douglas Bell, Brian Gray Fender 1964, Cheng Yee Hung, Cheung Kwai Chau, Law Kim Chuen, Wu Yun Tsung 1966, Chiu Sau Sum, Trevor John Colley, Kwok Chung, David Pitt, Edward John Stevenson, Tang Wong Yau, Tsang Wing CPM (Bar) 1968, Cheung Tin Fat, Roberton James Patterson Burton, Kong Yuk Sut, Leung Kam Ming 1972, Choy Fut Po, Chiu Yiu Chip, Anthony Stuart Conway, Leslie Burton, Peter Michael Mullens, Lun Kam-yat, Luk Kai-lau, Ng Kam-hung, David Wilfred Frederick O’Brien, John Reid, Yau Shou Kit 1973, Chan Kam-ming, Lau Piu 1974

Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM) Yip Long-ping 1977, Ho Hing-chuen, Aimansing Limbu 1979, Chan Kwai-fai, Tung Chi-kan, Yeung Chun-hing 1980, Nicholas Alexander McQueen 1981, Lo Wai-shing 1982, Cheung Wai-leung, Chiu Shing Chau, Leung Siu-lin 1984, Timothy Martin Adamson, Michael John Lovatt 1986, Chiu Ka-ping 1987, LI Tam-shing, LUI Tak-wah 1989, CHAN Chi-choi, CHENG Kwok-wai 1991, Anthony Martin Leahy, Nicholas John Roberts, Tsang Hung-lit, Yeung Kwok-wing 1993, Nigel Mills Griffiths, Chan Lun-fat, Cheung Hin Yeung, Yeung Chi-fai 1995, Cheung Kwok Keung, Lee Man Ying, WPC Leung Lai Fun, Barry John Smith, Andrew Mark Steeple 1996, Jason Chan Siu Kei, Ma Hing Keung, Ma Ka Kuen 1997

British Empire Medal for Gallantry (BEM) Jalal Din, Mohammed Afsar 1946, Richard Malig, Emundo Da Silva, David John Leonard 1947, Peter Anderson 1955, Yu Kwong 1960, Tang Sai Bun, Bhimraj Rai 1962, Lee Nai Liang 1965, David Lawrence Birch, Anthony Charlwood 1968, Jack Cavie, Anthony Roger Prouse 1973

Mentions in Dispatches (MID) Charles Cranes, Albert Archibald Bennett, William Hook, William Barker Bradley, John Edward Dunderdale, James Forsyth Ross, Arthur Beresford Scott, Maurice D'Avignon, George Stuart MacDonnell, Kenneth Edward Porter, Charles John Sharp, Leslie Robert Stickles, James Murray Thom, Charles Watson, John Joseph Fitzpatrick, Edwin Harrison, Lorne Rayburn Latimer, Ernest Charles McFarland, George William McRae, Sydney Albert Sheffer, Edwin George Smith, Frank Brown, Bernard Castonguay, Robert Damant, Morgan Isaac Davies, Aubery Peacock Flegg, Nelson Carlisle Galbraith, Norman Charles Matthews, Lloyd Logan Roblee, James Austen Wallace, Ellis Taylor Edge, Sister E.A.Hills 1946. Further work required for 1946 Posthumous MID and MID: http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37636/start=1 and http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37521/supplements/1672 and http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37704/supplements/4342

Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct (QCBC) Donald William Cuthbert, Robert Esson 1954, Lo Chow, James Steele 1955, Arthur Checksfield, Ronald Harry George McKinlay 1960, Wong Kam Wah 1962, Lau Cheung 1963, Choi Yuk Shu, Ng Wing Hang 1964, John Samuel Barker, Peter Christopher Bickmore, Francis Michael Digby Hoyal, Douglas Ralph Humphrey, Mark Gregory Richie, Dunraj Rai, Lakhdham Rai 1968, Terrance Arthur Berrecloth, Chan Shing-tak, Chan Shing-yuk, Cheung Shu-sing, Trevor George Collins, Hung Sui-to, Paul Kennedy, Kong Kin, Leung Shing-chau, Li Chuen, Liu Chiu-kwan, Lo Shiu-kuen, John Dominic Moran, Pun Wai-cheung, Guy Sanderson Shirra, Tam Wai-hung, Tsui Hin-kwing, Wong Shiu-hung 1973, Yip Kai 1976, Lam Sai-kit, Lo Wing-tai, Lo Yin-hok, Miu Wa-keung 1977, Cheung Ching, Chu Yung San, Jiwanprassad Gurung, Li Wai-leung, Ng Choi-leung 1978, Chau Kwong-tak, Ng Chung-hung, Dalbahadur Rai, Tang Kwok-fung, To Kwok-chiu 1979, Leung Kam-chu, Tsui Pui-ling 1980, Chan Shiu-fai 1981, Mohamad Aslam, Wong Chun-fai 1982, Chan Chung-hing, Ko Wing-wah, Robert Ying Ka Wong 1983, Chiu Kwok-yin, Li Kei-kit, Ma Shui-lun, Yan Ping-kuen 1984, Fu Siu-wing, Li Hoi-chin, Ng Kwan-wai 1986, Wong Kwai-leung 1989, Kam Man-wei, Wong Chi-hung 1990, Andrew Richard Harrison, Lam Kong, Christopher James O'Donnel, John Jamieson Oberg Stoddart, Tam Ting-kai, Tang Yau-keung 1992, Chau Ka-keung 1994

Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air (QCVSA) Danny Cheung Kong AFC 1962, Argo Chow Chong Yan, Thomas Douglas Lewis, Ronald Percy Smith 1965, Paul Henry Rosentall 1983, Edward Ho Dick Sang, Ross Law Siu Hing, Frank James Pilkington, Elton Tang Sing Cheung, David Arthur Walmsley 1992, Richard Paul Cooke, Michael William Pedrick, Grant Robertson 1993, Raymong Chang Yao Teng, Jimmy Choi Chiu Ming, Michael Ellis, Mason Ng Wai Cheong, German Tsoi Tak Man 1994,

Queen’s Commendation for Bravery (QCB) Brian James Morris, Stephen John Rule, Wut Chi-wai 1995, Cham Wui-wai, Chan Chi-man, Hon Wing Sang 1996, Wu Wai Cham, Chow Hau Leung 1997

Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air (QCBA) Raymond Chang Yao Teng 1996, Ronald So Chi Yip 1997

GSS 14Sept13 Mainly sourced from http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/ and also http://www.hkvca.ca/historical/Honours/

 

CPM(G) for 1967 disturbances to Edward John Stevenson, should read Edward JOSEPH Stevenson.

Gordon Cleaver is another potential name for this list. He was awarded the BEM for his actions during the Pearl River incident in 1953:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/3418527/Leading-Seaman-Gordon...

Inspector Les Burton got his CPM for swimming out to rescue workmen in the Aberdeen Harbour when the Jumbo Seafood Restuarant was engulfed in flames during installation.  He said he was at the Aberdeen Boat Club and swam in his Jockeys.  The SCMP got a photo of him in his undies with a brown stain he added. 

I think it was Inspector John Reid who told that Inspector O'Brien & himself got their award for chasing after a gun weilding robber in the Wan Chai Bar area.  The robber turned and shot at the chasers.  One of them caught the bullet on the chest which bounced off a ballpoint pen.  They continued the chase and caught the culprit.

Guy,

Another one you could add to the list.Kings Commendation for Valuable Service

In the Air....awarded 1st Jan 1947 to Gerald Walter (Paddy) Cussans  BOAC

in Hk.I have a photo of the presentation at Government House and also a paper cutting of the same, sent to me by Barbara Anslow after I had visited her.

Mike Cussans

....I worked with/opposite Ted in Police HQ in 1970-72...gained much from our association...

Well spotted David. Leading Seaman Gordon Cleaver was awarded his medal for bringing one of our Patrol Launches back to Tai O Harbour in 1953 after a Chinese Patrol Vessel opened fire on ML 1323, killing seven military personnel ( 6 Sailors of the Hong Kong Flotilla and a soldier from the HKDF) Gordon passed away a few years ago and was the Chairman then of our Hong Kong Flotilla Association. A link to our website you have recently posted. Thankyou. We have returned on our pilgramage to the graves in 1953 the 50th and also 2005 and this last year the 60th relatives of one of the seaman killed Able Seaman Ralph Shearman Mentioned In Despatches attended that 60th ( Sept 9th 2013)  anniversary of the Pearl River incident as it is known.

Peter Yeates

Hi I have amended the records in Wikipedia under Mentioned in Despatches by adding the names of Ralph Shearman (posthumous ) and Eric Milner both awarded in 1953 for their bravery during the Pearl River Incident on 9th September 1953

I am not sure if this counts, but Able Seacat Simon (?1947 - 28 Nov. 1949) from Stonecutters' Island, Hong Kong was awarded the Dickin Medal, Blue Cross Medal and Amethyst Campaign Ribbon for his services on board HMS Amethyst during the Yangtze Incident.  See http://www.purr-n-fur.org.uk/famous/simon.html

There is a minor error on the Military Medal listing.  My father, David William Yee was awarded MM in 1946. The listing shows W. D. Yee.  The First name and middle name is reversed. 

http://scontent-a-lax.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/208635_10186753...

I'll let Guy know, as he is maintaining the Wikipedia page.

Regards, David

The Military Cross was awarded to James Ford (Lieutenant, D Coy 2nd Batt Royal Scots) for his action in re-taking Golden Hill, which was lost again very shortly after. He was wounded twice. He was also the younger brother of Capt. Douglas Ford, who was awarded the George Cross. He was in one of the first parties of prisoners sent to Japan. He did survive the war.

Thank you all for notifying me and updating the record.

James Allan Ford MC is already listed for 1945.

If anyone else out there is interested in completing my work, please go to the London Gazette to complete the record for Military Medals and Mensions in Dispatches for WW2: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/awards-and-accreditation

In the 31st March 1932 edition of the Edinburgh Evening News, there is a photo and an article mentioning that.....Sergeant James R Hunter (an Edinburgh man) serving with the Hong Kong Police had been awarded the Police Medal for conspicuous service during rioting of September last......and the Life Saving Medal last May by the Governor of Hong Kong. There is also mention in the article of him having previously served in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and in the photo published; he is clearly wearing the uniform of that regiment.   

 

(Presumably the anti-Japanese riots of 1931). 

The birth/marriage./death records of Scotland do record him having been born in Edinburgh in 1905 and passing away (in Edinburgh) in 1975.  The geneology type websites contain documents recording him as a passenger on various ship manifests to/from HK between 1928 and 1938.