Pillbox 004, Kong Sin Wan / Telegraph Bay / Cyberport [1939-????]
The wartime map shows this pillbox was on the shoreline, before Telegraph Bay was reclaimed and became the Cyberport development.
I don't know if there are any traces of the pillbox remaining? I thought I had seen a photo on the internet recently, with a comment that it was soon to disappear. But this report before the cyberport development started suggests it may have been left untouched:
The importance of the pillbox at Telegraph Bay, the bunker at Waterfall Bay, the waterfall and its natural landscape and the archaeological potential of Kong Sin Wan Village and the historical structures at Telegraph Bay have been identified during the study. These key cultural and heritage sites are outside both the Housing Development and the Cyber Port development.
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PS Other snippets of information about Telegraph Bay:
1871 - Submarine telegraph cables were landed in Hong Kong at Telegraph Bay in Pokfulam.
Late 1800's - Hong Kong’s city flower, the Bauhinia, discovered in Telegraph Bay:
"Bauhinia was chosen as the territory's representative flower in 1965 and was
selected to be the regional emblem of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region after the territory returned to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July 1997. This beautiful native has been made a representative of Hong Kong because of its unique and unusual history.
It is told that the tree was first discovered near Telegraph Bay, Pok Fu Lam on Hong Kong Island by Fathers from the French Mission in late 19th century."
1941 - The 2nd MTB Flotilla escapes from Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941:
We returned from patrol about dawn on Christmas Day, and were told to find a secluded spot West of Ap Lei Chau Island. My boat MTB 07 along with 09 went into Telegraph bay between Mt Davies and Aberdeen and lay alongside a rather short stone pier. We were to hide and await orders for the pre-arranged escape later in the day from Aberdeen just prior to surrender. We covered our boats with straw and branches of trees as the Japanese bombers were targeting the Flotilla. There was a cease fire from 09.00 till noon, when the bombardment of Hong Kong Island resumed in earnest. At 15.30 we heard that Governor Sir Mark Young had formerly surrendered to General Sakai of the Japanese Army at Queens Pier in Hong Kong at 15.15 after 18 days of some of the fiercest close combat of WWII.
We were standing by in Telegraph Bay with MTB 09 most of the day. MTB 10 & 11 were South of Ap Lei Chau where Lt Cdr J H Yorath and Mr Halliday rowed out to them by skiff with orders from the XDO to go. Yorath and Halliday elected to join the escape and the Flotilla C/O Lt-Commander Gandy agreed. The radio on MTB 10 was damaged beyond repair so MTB 11 was ordered to find 07 & 09 but the engines would not start so 10 lashed alongside and towed them in coming under fire in the process. 11 found us at 17.30 and we proceeded immediately to the South West side of Aberdeen Island.