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Everything tagged "Bingham, Jack (1951-53)"

Cheero Club 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1951

Looking down from near the cathedral, the old Murrray barracks parade ground housed the temporary Cheero Club huts

Kowloon Railway Station.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

This photograph of the railway station entrance was probably taken at the same time as the previous image.

Kowloon Bus station 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

The row of shops at the far side of the bus station dated from pre 1941, and they appear on several other photographs taken in the 1950s  The customs house building is just visible on the left, but it looks as though the railway tracks from the wharf have been removed.

LSW Kit unloaded from Lye Mun camp 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

For a short time the camp personnel were moved from Camp Collinson to the old Army camp at Lye Mun.  Here, they are unloading their kit bags on the day when they moved into the brand new buildings at Little Sai Wan.

LSW Kit unloaded from Lye Mun camp c 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

More kit bags, crates and lockers being unloaded.  The lower part of the other aerial mast is visible on the right.  As this image was taken after the aerial photographs it would seem that this mast was already being dismantled as they were both going to be in the centre of the new camp.  I believe that transmitting aerials were slung between two masts, whereas receiviing aerials tended to be stand-alone on single masts - but I stand to be corrected.  If my theory is correct, then the Royal Sgnals pre-war signals unit was primarily a transmitting site and

LSW Sergeants and Officers quarters 1952 b.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

Another view of the Officers' Mess on the left and that for the Senior N.C.O.s on the right.  The workmen's hut, not far outside the Camp's Main gate is just visible at the extreme right.

LSW from beach 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

Low tide at Little Sai Wan.  The pre-war Lyon light building is clearly visible on the ridge and the 'pimple' or cairn on the summit of the ridge looks very large.  On the left, the two storey hut on the road down to the camp was where the workmen constructing the camp lived.

LSW Kit unloaded from Lye Mun camp b 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

Another unique view of the same operation taken from the Airmen's accommodation block.  The small building more or less in the centre is a pre-war building, soon to be demolished, and the aerial mast on the left was one of a pair that are clearly visible on a 1949 aerial photograph and probably on one taken in 1945.  It is therefore possible that they were erected by the Japanese and may even pre-date 1941 when the site was a Royal Signals wireless station - possibly wireless telephony.  Has anyone any more precise information?

Camp Collinson Cave.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1951

For a year or two in the very early 1950s, the 367 Signals Unit was billeted at the old, pre-war Camp Collinson.  That was originally the living accommodation for the Army personnel manning the Cape Collinson guns.  The Japanese troops must have also used these caves. Some airmen lived in caves cut into the hillside, which would have been fairly cool in the Summer, while others were in Nissen huts in the upper part of the camp.  Some of the latter might pre-date 1941.

LSW luxury ablutions 1952.

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1952

This row of sinks, was in the washroom that was located at the end of each floor of the Airmen's accommodation block.  It might look rather primitive by modern standards but it was the height of luxury after what we had been accustomed to in the hutted camps in England.  We also had rows of separate shower cubicles, each with a concrete seat at the back so, with care, you could sit on the seat, enjoy a cooling shower while reading a book held at arms' length.  Water didn't seem to be a problem at Little Sai Wan.

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