Argyle Street Barracks / POW Camp [????-????]
It's time as a POW camp is described in detail in Tony Banham's 'We shall suffer there'. He gives a brief description, map and photos on his website:
In April 1942, the Argyle Street Camp was opened for officers, who were accompanied by 100 Other Ranks who primarily acted as cooks and batmen. (Note that in the background of the Argyle Street photo to the left, the Central British School - now KGV - can be seen).
[...] In 1944, Argyle Street was closed too, with the officers moving to Shamshuipo (which was then split into camps ‘N’ and ‘S’). The situation in Hong Kong then remained virtually unchanged until the end of the war.
A reader asks:
Does anyone know what the former Argyle Street POW camp was used for after the war? It became a Vietnamese refugee camp in the late 70s/early 80s, but I can't find any information about its use from the mid-40s until the late 70s. I volunteered there in 1991 when it was a Vietnamese refugee camp and think it closed the following year. Any information is appreciated!
It appears on a 1950s list of British Military Installations, at grid reference 577037, about the same location as the marker on the map above:
(18) Argyle Street Camp No. 2: Area on South side of Argyle Street surrounded by wire fence with front on Argyle Street.
(19) Argyle Street Camp Nos. 3 & 4: Area on Northside of Argyle Streetbounded by Argyle Street, Leven Road, Sheung Yan Road, and a barbed wire fence from Sheung Yan Road to Argyle Street.
Neither Sheung Yan Road nor Leven Road are shown on today's maps.