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

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.

Camp Collinson Gate b.

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

Looking back out of the camp.  In 2018, this view has probably not changed very much.

LSW Officers quarters 1952.

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

Apologies for the poor focus but this shows the luxury that the officers and Senior N.C.O.s enjoyed in their accommodation, initially just a stone's throw from the sea.

Camp Collinson Gharry Park.

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

At the top of the camp and just inside the gate was the lorry park.  The one in the rear is in 1951 a fairly new Bedford 3 ton truck, the nearer one is an older one dating from the war.  The corrugated sheeting lying around was in preparation for the building of more Nissen huts.  The Shek O peninsula is visible with the end of Cape D'Aguilar just visible.

LSW pre war building on right 1952.

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

This photograph probably shows a better view of the small stone hut on the right that is believed to pre-date the war.  Notice that the aerial mast is no longer there.

Camp Collinson Overview to Shek O.

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

A more detailed view of the upper part of the camp.  Cape D'aguilar's higher inland part is very pronounced.

LSW view to Lion Rock 1952.

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

The wonderful view from the Airmen's accommodation block.  Lye Mun camp can be seen on the left.  The large accommodation block there, which I am fairly sure is the one almost opposite the Mess hall is visible .  Both it and the Mess hall survive as holiday accommodation and cafeteria.  The smaller block, a bit to the right, was demolished some years ago.  The Pak Sha Wan battery was on the slightly lower ground to the right and closer to the Lye Mun (Lei Yue Mun) gap

Camp Collinson Overview.

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

A view of the camp looking Eastwards to Greeen Island, (Tung Lung Chau).  Most of the caves are visible and I believe that the Officers' Mess was in the group of larger Nissen huts to the left, with the Airmen's Mess and N.A.A.F.I. in the four huts to the left of centre.

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