HQLF Hong Kong 1950s
Submitted by pauline on Tue, 2011-02-15 00:20
I am trying to discover more about why my husband, who served in the army in Hong Kong as a national serviceman in the 1950s, had had to sign the Official Secrets Act, and what it was that went on in HQLF at that time. I believe that the work was connected with coded messages sent across the border from, what was then known as 'red', China, my husband never told me exactly what it was that they did but I believe that he was posted there because of his skill at mathematics and logic and problem solving so that would make sense. I know that national servicemen in the Air Force were taught Chinese and used to monitor broadcasts but does anyone know if the army used national servicemen in a similar way in intelligence operations? My husband did not speak Chinese but seeing patterns in numbers and so on was child's play to him so perhaps this skill was useful, I would love to know. He certainly worked in HQLF as his address at the time, 1954/55, was "G" INT, HQLF BAPO 1 Hong Kong, and he told me, before our marriage, that he could be recalled at any time at a moments notice but, because of the Official Secrets Act, he could not tell me why. Thankfully that never happened but I am now very curious, and any help in solving the mystery would be much appreciated.