E Contingent, Hong Kong Police [1930-????]

Submitted by David on Wed, 08/31/2016 - 21:20

This was made up of Russian policemen:

The problem of piracy had always plagued the waters of Hong Kong for some time when, in 1930, the British armed forces in Hong Kong decided to stop escorting the vessels plying the waters around Hong Kong. This mission naturally fell on the shoulders of the Police Force, which formed an Anti-Piracy Guard by recruiting 25 White Russians. The Police Force classified these Russian policemen as Group E.

Source: http://www.police.gov.hk/offbeat/777/eng/f03.htm

The first contigent of the Anti-Piracy Guard established in 1930 , by HKLray


Date organisation created
(Day & Month are approximate.)

Photos of this organisation:



1930 Anti Piracy Guards
1930 Anti Piracy Guards, by Moddsey

HK Telegraph 1 September 1930

All the Russians wear a Cawnpore helmet with a white metal crown as cap badge, khaki tunic and shorts, black boots and blue puttees, and a pistol belt as used by the Shanghai Municipal Police. The shoulder badge reads 'H. K. P.' while each man wears a red brassard bearing the letters 'P. G.'  (Pirate Guard).

From 1938 - Empress of Canada in the Harbour


1938 RMS Empress of Canada
1938 RMS Empress of Canada, by Moddsey


Interestingly the European Sergeant (A 137 Arthur Ernest Charman) in Charge of this Contingent was the most decorated officer to have served in the HKP having received the Military Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal,the Military Medal,the 1914-1915 Star,the British War and Victory medals and tbe Croix de Guerre.This medal group appeared at Auction last year with a reserved price of GBP12,000. It did not sell.