British Army

Britain to axe up to 5,300 army jobs

A British army soldier waves from an armoured vehicle while on patrol in Basra, Iraq. Photo: AP

The British government said on Tuesday it was making up to 5,300 army personnel redundant as part of cuts that will see troop numbers brought to the lowest levels since the early 19th century.

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013, 8:54pm

British troops may return from Afghanistan earlier

British and Afghan troops training in Afghanistan. Photo: AFP

British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is considering bringing some British troops back from Afghanistan earlier than expected, he said in an interview published on Thursday.

14 Sep 2012 - 11:11am

Ranulph Fiennes

MAN OF ACTION My father was killed in the second world war four months before I was born. So when I was little, in South Africa, the stories were about my father and grandfather. I wanted to do with my life what my father did - to be commander of the [British Army's] Royal Scots Greys. Obviously, in a pyramidal organisation like a regiment, only one lieutenant will get to the top.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Out and about

Home to one of the world's most famous racecourses but otherwise little-visited, Happy Valley deserves some exploration.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Youth groups told to find new sponsors

Uniformed youth groups subsidised by the government have been told to seek alternative funding instead of relying solely on government handouts, which averaged HK$299.70 for each member. The groups include the Hong Kong Adventure Corps, the Road Safety Association and the Hong Kong Award for Young People.

11 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Royal celebrations given a touch of colour

If there's one event that sums up the pomp and pageantry which Britain is renowned for, it's the ceremony of Trooping the Colour each June, when the Household Division parades in London in front of Queen Elizabeth to mark her official birthday.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Someone Has Blundered - Calamities of the British Army in the Victorian Age

Someone Has Blundered - Calamities of the British Army in the Victorian Age

by Denis Judd

Phoenix, HK$128

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Gurkhas' uphill battle for British army places gets tougher

The rituals of Gurkha recruitment have changed only gradually over the years. But the nervous candidates competing for a place in the prestigious unit this week are likely to serve in a radically altered Brigade of Gurkhas.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Cadets clear obstacles

A recipient of a Hong Kong Adventure Corps (HKAC) scholarship said that her experiences in the uniformed youth organisation had changed her for the better.

18 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Tradition surrendered

The last bugle was sounded on an annual military pageant last week as Britain's armed forces find growing commitments in hotspots such as the Balkans leave them little time to entertain the public.

10 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Screen adventure

Screen adventure The charity premiere of the film The Truman Show was held to raise funds for the Hong Kong Adventure Corps, and a high-profile group of guests turned up to see Jim Carey's latest offering. The Corps is a voluntary youth group set up in 1995 to succeed the Junior Leaders Corps of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers).

19 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Just a military show tradition

I refer to the letter from R. J. Mills-Owens headlined, 'Concerned' (South China Morning Post, July 6), regarding the PLA parading with fixed bayonets.

The British Guards regiments parade with fixed bayonets during the Trooping of the Colour on the Queen's Official Birthday.

16 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Pitch in such a mess

On Saturday, September 20, my sons attended the rugby tournament held at the King's Park rugby pitch.

This was an outing attended by several clubs within the Hong Kong area, their players and families.

I was totally amazed at how poorly the pitch was maintained with the growth in some areas nearly knee-high.

10 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Youths tough it out at adventure camp

The successor to the Junior Leaders Corps of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) held its first recruitment session at High Island Training Camp.

Known as the Hong Kong Adventure Corps (HKAC), it also will be organised along military lines.

There are squadrons and troops of cadets led by adult instructors.

1 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Fine regiment

On behalf of all those who watched a great festival of rugby last weekend, I would like to thank the Black Watch.

This fine regiment showed all that is best about the British Army. They were courteous, efficient and, on occasions, had to show remarkable constraint.

28 Mar 1997 - 12:00am