Hong Kong Military Service Corps

soldiers of fortune

Since 1841, the British garrison had been responsible for the overall defence of Hong Kong, but was found wanting when the Japanese invaded in 1941. Like Singapore, Hong Kong is too small to

be effectively defended from external attack for long.

Sunday, 9 March, 2008, 12:00am

Currying favour with the Army

Liaquat Ali runs Shaffi's, the curry house at the British Army base in Sek Kong. The restaurant has become such an institution that servicemen from all over the world drop in there on stopovers in Hong Kong.

Its reputation has also spread outside army circles with famous customers including Cantopop star Andy Lau and Indian film star Anil Kapoor.

16 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Puff and dragon

It was a case of East meets West as soldiers and police rehearsed their colourful spectacle for their first combined visit to the Royal Tournament in London next month. The Hong Kong Military Service Corps performed an elaborate lion and dragon dance as the Royal Hong Kong Police Force Band, clad in tartan, puffed away on bagpipes.

1 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Colonel's shame at fellow officers' jungle bungling

The British army colonel who headed the board of inquiry into the infamous Low's Gully descent has publicly criticised the officers who led the near-disastrous expedition two years ago.

Michael Winarick, now employed by the Airport Authority, revealed his views in a letter to Richard Connaughton, author of Descent Into Chaos, a book about the debacle.

18 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Top brass tackle Malaysia probe

ONE of Hong Kong's top soldiers involved in organising the draw-down of the British Garrison is leading the inquiry into the Mount Kinabalu training expedition, the South China Morning Post can reveal.

4 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Kinabalu inquiry set for territory

THE military inquiry to be convened next week into the training expedition to Mount Kinabalu in which three Hong Kong soldiers almost lost their lives is likely to come to the territory, the Ministry of Defence in London says.

A spokesman said the findings of the board of inquiry relating to adventure training procedures were likely to be made public.

20 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Garrison attacks Government over job loss aftermath

THE British Garrison says more should have been done to harness the skills of more than 500 local soldiers in the Hong Kong Military Service Corps who were told yesterday they are to lose their jobs.

1 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Soldiers wait for jobs axe to take its toll

HUNDREDS of soldiers serving in Hong Kong will learn in the next fortnight if they have lost their jobs in the final phase of British armed forces cuts and the garrison phase-out.

Next Thursday, British soldiers in Hong Kong will each learn their fate as the third and final phase of the Ministry of Defence Options For Change plan is announced.

17 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

PLA to receive half of crucial defence sites

THE British Garrison is to leave just half its major sites to the People's Liberation Army (PLA), sources said yesterday.

Only five out of the 11 main installations now used by British Forces Hong Kong will still be operational in 1997, though a sixth may be mothballed to allow the PLA to renew its military role.

1 Sep 1993 - 12:00am