Publications

Books:

Second to None - * HK$ 160

Serving Hong Kong - The Hong Kong Volunteers - * HK$ 160

Hong Kong Volunteers in Battle - * HK$90

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*The prices are exclusive of postage and packaging which will be charged at cost.



Second To None

The Volunteers were an integral part of the story of Hong Kong. The civilian soldiers first made an appearance in 1854 when war between Britain and Russia led to fears of an invasion of Britains key foothold on the shores of China. Although that scare passed away without incident, a tradition had been founded which was to see thousands of men and women serve the territory, of which they were resident, over nearly 150 years.

In 1941 the Volunteers fought with distinction shoulder to shoulder with the regular forces in the bloody battle for Hong Kong and, although vastly outnumbered and without air cover, they held the invading Japanese for 18 long days until final surrender on 25 December 1941.

Reformed after the war the Volunteers carried on the proud tradition. Second to None is the first (and only) detailed account of Hong Kongs Volunteers, from the early beginnings in 1854 up to the early 1990s.



Serving Hong Kong The Hong Kong Volunteers

Serving Hong Kong The Hong Kong Volunteers was published in May 2004 at the time of the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the Volunteers. The story of the Volunteers until the early post-war years has been admirably told in Second to None. Serving Hong Kong The Hong Kong Volunteers brings that history up to date mainly in a series of individual memoirs of volunteers who had served in the Regiment after 1945, and ends with a moving account of the disbandment of the Regiment in September 1995, a measure coupled with the transfer of administration of Hong Kong from Britain to China.

The authors are clearly devoted to the Regiment and their spirit and enthusiasm shine through the pages of the book. Each had a substantial contribution to make and their pride in being part of its history is there to see. Indeed it is these personal accounts which brings the book to life in a most interesting and moving way.

The disbandment of the Regiment in 1995 marked the end of a chapter; it could have marked the end of the volunteer spirit which was the very heart of the Regiment. But it did not. That spirit lives on in activities of the young people of the Hong Kong Adventure Corps, which grew out of the Regiments J Corps, and in the Volunteer Association as is told in the final chapters of the book.



Hong Kong Volunteers in Battle

Hong Kong Volunteers in Battle is a record of the action of the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps in the Battle for Hong Kong in December 1941. The book, when first published in 1953, was the first general account of the Battle for Hong Kong and it has served as a basis for other books. It is particularly significant as it was written by a Company Commander in the battle. Although the book has been reprinted several times, this is the first edition to acknowledge the author, Evan Stewart, who commanded the Hong Kong Defence Volunteer Corps No 3 (Machine Gun) Company in the fighting. Although injured, he continued to fight with distinction for which he was awarded the DSO and this edition includes a short biography of the author.

The book was republished in 2004 and, while retaining the main text unaltered, it included, for the first time, a nominal roll of those in the Defence Corps in December 1941. This edition, the first to appear with this title, again retains the original text unaltered and also includes a list of those members of the Corps who received awards and honours in the Battle for Hong Kong or for their subsequent actions. Additional information has been included in the nominal roll of members of the Corps which now forms a more comprehensive record of both those who perished and those who survived.