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Stanley visit with David Mahoney

posted 30 Jan 2018, 05:45 by John Leighton   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 23:20 ]

The Branch organised a wartime walking tour of Stanley on 14th January 2018 to mark the visit to Hong Hong of David Mahoney, a branch founder member and Past President. On a perfect Hong Kong winter’s day our own Martin Heyes led the way taking us to St Stephens College (where many wounded soldiers and nurses were massacred on Christmas Day 1941), Stanley Prison (the wartime civilian internment camp) and Stanley Military Cemetery.

As we moved through the cemetery members were able to relate accounts of individuals resting there as well as accounts of the fighting at Stanley which was the final stand of the British garrison in December 1941.

The day concluded suitably with a few ales at almost historic Smugglers Inn – a regular haunt of the British Stanley garrison before the change of sovereignty. Needless to say, a certain amount of medal battering was conducted over the ales.

 Photos of the day can be seen here.