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Repulse Bay Eucliffe Castle.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

I think that PB17 is just visible on the right - standing further out of the sand than it is in 2018.  There also appears to be a square military(?)  structure on the shoreline in front of the two white retaining walls in front of Eucliffe.  I am fairly certain that the cave into which the survivors of the December 1941 massacre crawled (still visible just off the promenade and behind a chain link fence in 2006) is in the darkish section at the bottom of the cliff, just above the shore and directly beneath the trees at the bend in the road.  Andrew 

Tai Po

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

Ted originally just labelled this 'New Territories', but I think that it is somewhere near Shatin. In those days we rarely went far from either the Castle Peak Road, Yeun Long, Taipo Market route, or the train journey along towards Taipo Market.  The bridge to the island(?) on the right might be a clue.  Andrew

Tai Po Market 1956.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

Please see the following comments for a full description of the scene. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to identifying this part of Tai Po Market - Kwong Fuk Road looking towards On Fu Road.   Andrew

`A` Watch Dinner April 1955.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1955

A well annotated photograph showing the members of 'A' Watch who were abe to attend their annual dinner at one of the popular restaurants 'down town'.

Please note.  Unusually, Ted's tour in Hong Kong lasted for about 4 years.  Some of the following photographs could have been taken more or less at any time between 1953 and 1957.  Our time there did not overlap but, years later, Ted once told me that the sight of so many pals leaving after only a year or two became quite unsettling. 

Central Hong Kong, Silent Zone.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1955

I'd forgotten that there used to be a Silent Zone in Central.  This photograph was taken looking West, with the cricket ground (now the Chater Garden) off to the right and the Cheero Club off to the left.

Cheero Club.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

Ted was standing on the high ground to the North of the cathedral.  The wooden huts of the Cheero Club were erected on the old Murray barracks parade ground some time shortly after the end of the Second World War.  The dormitories were in the hut on the left and the lounge, billiard and table tennis room, and cafeteria in the building on the edge of the slope overlooking the tramway on Queen's Road and the cricket ground.  A bed at the Cheero Club cost just HK$1 -  a bargain price only equalled by that at the China Fleet Club.

LSW before Station headquarters was built.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

A misty morning probably in early 1955, and the Chai Wan fishing fleet is struggliong to make home on such a windless day.  The camp was still only partly built.  The front balcony of the Officers' and Sergeants' Mess is being enclosed at the corner of the building, and on the mid right the Station Headquarters' building foundations are about to be laid.  The just discerible pimple on the small headland above the Officers' Mess is possibly the ornate turrent of Pill Box 37.

LSW dinghy off camp.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1955

This must have been taken from another dinghy.  Starting at the top we can see part of the Airmen's accommodation block, then the Airmen's Mess, with the N.A.A.F.I. on the floor above it, the Clothing Store and nearest the sea wall a garage with the Power House (?) and finally part of the amahs' quarters.

LSW Yacht Club after Typhoon Ida.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

Typhoon Ida, a category 5 super typhoon, hit Hong Kong between 18 and 31 August 1954. The peak intensity was 280km/h (175 mph) lasting for 1 minute.  The pressure dropped to 890 hPa (mbar).  The strong buildings of the camp were not badly affected, but the shack that housed the yacht club and also the yachts and canoes were badly damaged.

Sampans at Tai Po, Hong Kong.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1956

I cannot identify where Ted took this photograph.  It would seem to be in a typhoon shelter but the shoreline is unfamiliar so I don't think that it is anywhere on the Eastern part of the Island..  The range(s) of hills might be a clue and it looks very much like a road gradually descending the distant hill.  The building on theheadland at mid left looks like a substantial house.   In the mid 1950s, old and presumably non seaworthy sampans were often beached, and used as workable homes, but I don't recall ever seeing one perched on an a

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