Pillbox 418a/b, Sheung Kwai Chung [1937- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong
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Pillbox 418a/b, Sheung Kwai Chung [1937- ]

Current condition: 
Ruin
Date Place completed: 
1937-01-01
Year completed is: Approximate
Condition at last visit: Ruin
Date of last visit: Mar-1997
Ref: ROB-00584
Other:

Photos that show this place

1964
2014

Comments

Dear Rob,

Please assist on this matter and to follow up.

Re : PB 418a. Images were  taken back in 2014.

2 attached files

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ytgFkw6lM9oRHFIs2

https://photos.app.goo.gl/v4Qz2yhqxEAtTUEJ3

I can't locate PB418b. I was told that 418b is closely situated behind 418a. Not successful in my last visit .

I appreciate your kind assistance.

Best wishes,

Alexander Macdonald

Hi Alexander,

The second PB is roughly 50m behind the first. They face in opposite directions, and, judging by subsidence in the ground, were linked by a tunnel. There also appeared to be a further tunnel leading to the east from roughly mid point of the first, which I presume lead to the entrance, however I couldn't find it because of a considerable amount of slope stabilisation that had taken place. From the pictures, the PB has suffered further damage to the front since I saw it. There was a lot of vegetation in the area, and it took two visits before I found the second one, but it looks worse now.

Rob

Dear Rob,

I wish you very well.

Many thanks for your info. Do you have any snapshots of an embrasure from the other pillbox in your 2nd visit to the site? Here's a snapshot of the embrasure taken by someone. https://photos.app.goo.gl/HsUxcdocEpwe532a6

Here's a link back in 2014, with a pillbox , above ground , Yau Ma Hom Road. https://goo.gl/photos/bVxJQguUE5o4Fc1d9

I am curious about the linked tunnels between these two PB as well.                                                                                     

Thank you so much for your attention on this issue. 

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Alex

Hi Alex,

Sorry for the delay but I have been away for a week.

No pictures of 418b. It was so heavily overgrown that I could see only a couple of feet of concrete each time. It was only after seeing a 1964 aerial photo at the Lands Dept Map Office that I realised there was a second PB. That photo shows a collapsed tunnel between the back of both PB's, with a further collapsed tunnel starting approximately mid point of the first, and leading off to the east. It is quite distinct in the picture. 418b is the same size and shape as 418a with them facing approximately N and S respectively.

 

Regards,

Rob

Dear Rob,

Many thanks for your reply.

I was looking forward to an Aerial Photo & Photo No. 

attached image from the Lands D for ref https://photos.app.goo.gl/aiDPfjkCt71G3MBz7

Happy Saturday,

 

Alex

 

The best I can offer is it was one of a run taken in 1964. It has been cropped in my file, but is labelled Cheung Kwai Chung (Sheung Kwai Chung these days).

Rob

Dear Rob,

 

Many thanks for the heads up. 

 

Regards,

 

Alex

Dear Rob,

 

Is it this aerial photo from the Lands D

https://www.hkmapservice.gov.hk/OneStopSystem/map-search/getPreviewFile?itemId=DAP&sheetNo=1964-4909

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,

 

Alex

Hi Alex,

Yes, that's the one. Look top centre, there is a road shaped vaguely like an S on its side. At the middle of the S is a terraced hillside. Move directly to the right and you can see the trenches, with the PB's at either end.

 

Cheers,

Rob

Dear Rob,

 

Many thanks for your confirmation of the trench and PBs. 

Would it be nice for you to put a marker(s).

I am not able to identify them. I looked stupid   :(

 

Kind regards,

 

Alex

Hi Alex,

Sorry, again, for the delay getting back to you.

PB 418
PB 418, by Rob

 

I've marked the individual PB's with arrows, and another to indicate where I believe the entrance to the tunnel would have been. If you look closely you will see what appears to be a narrow path leading away from the area. I have marked the bits with text, but the only choice I had was blue, and it doesn't transfer too well, so you may not be able to read it.

Regards,

Rob

Happy Monday Rob,

 

That's awesome ! Many thanks for help.

 

Best regards,

 

Alex

Dear Rob,

 

What do you make of this?

attached link to an image https://photos.app.goo.gl/MBpMUuM9tr7BG11L9

Best wishes,

 

Alex

Hi Alex,

Looks better expanded doesn't it. It is still hard for me to imagine what the area was like at the time of the war, but certainly a lot of those roads weren't there.

Cheers,

Rob