The 1st Battalion served in
Hong Kong from 1967 until 1969, under the command of
Lt. Col. T.D.Lloyd Jones.
The Lancashire Fusiliers were based in Kowloon at Gun Club Barracks on Austin Road, with 2 satellite locations,one at Erskine Camp in the New Territories, and one at Fanling on the Hong Kong /China border.
Platoons were rotated between border posts, which varied in numbers from Platoon strength to Observation Posts of just a few men.
The 1st Battalion The XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers In Hong Kong
1967 to 1969.
In April 1966, a protest against
a rise in Star Ferry fares became focused on the hunger strike of a
deranged young man and led to riots in Kowloon. These started as spontaneous
demonstrations by young people. The playfulness of these riots turned
more destructive as looting and arson spread. One adult rioter was killed
by police fire.
The Hong Kong police lost ten killed and many wounded, but showed admirable restraint.
Leftist demonstrators at the
front of Hong Kong's Government House chanted quotes from Mao's 'Little
Red Book'. Tens of thousands of demonstrators queued all day to stick
posters on the walls of Government House and present petitions, one
by one, to the Governor's ADC.
Special Orders and Part 1s
sent in by
The handover to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Tai Po Tsai
Tai Po Tsai is an area and a village northeast of Tseung Kwan O New Town in Hong Kong. On the east mid slope of Razor Hill (Che Kwu Shan) and facing Port Shelter, The village clusters in a small plain around Clear Water Bay Road in Sai Kung District. Pak Shui Wun is a beach off Tai Po Tsai on the shore of Port Shelter. The indigenous villagers all have the Chinese surname of Wan.
The British Army site Erskine
Camp, later to be renamed Kohima Camp, was adjacent to the village.
The Diamond Scouting Jubilee Jamboree (Kohima Camp) (27 Dec 1986-01
Jan 1987) was held on the site that was to become the future home of
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Because of its proximity
to Shaw Studios and TVB many of their artists rent apartments in the
village. Simon Yam Tat-Wah was a long term resident among others. In
the 1960s due to its isolation and lack of transport facility, the local
villagers set up a primary school for its inhabitants. The school was
called Kwong Pui primary school.
Construction began at the former British garrison Kohima Camp in Tai Po Tsai along the Clear Water Bay Peninsula. Originally scheduled to finish in 1994, the death of Youde in 1986 inspired escalated efforts and the opening date was changed to 1991 - just five years later.