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Memorial Arch, Botanical Gardens [1928- ]

Current condition: 
In use
Date Place completed: 
1928-01-01

Notes from Wikipedia:

At the southern entrance to the gardens, at Upper Albert Road, is a memorial arch dedicated to the Chinese who died assisting the Allies during the two World Wars. The inscription on the lintel reads: "In Memory of the Chinese who died loyal to the Allied cause in the Wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945". The granite arch in the shape of a paifang was erected in 1928. Reference to the Second World War was added later.

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Moddsey writes:

Unveiled by Governor Clementi on 6 May 1928.

Henry Ching writes:

I would be most grateful for any information anyone can give me on how this memorial came to be erected.

My understanding (which may well be wrong) is that it was the result of a public fundraising campaign by leaders of the Chinese community in HK, but I note that some commentators attribute it to the  Commonwealth War Graves Commission as one of their memorials.

The inscription on the memorial does not include names, although I believe the CWGC kept a record of names of Chinese who gave their lives serving with the allied forces in WW1, the majority of whom were not HK men but came mostly from north China to join the Labour Corps – there are however some HK men named who came from the New Territories to become seamen. As far as I know the CWGC’s record of names had nothing to do with the memorial gateway, and the names certainly do not appear to include HK Chinese who gave their lives in the defence of HK in WW2.