本帖最後由 Aussie_li 於 26-5-2010 16:49 編輯

Hi, dear users on board. My name is Paul Li, due to the encouragement of 版主:白戶則道, I’m writing to tell you a true story by daily a part, in which you may share my personal biography as how a fit soldier suffering Quadriplegic and adopted his new life as a person with severe disabilities plus had won the praise of Hong Kong society years later, moreover in 1996 this disABLED Guy brought his family (wife + two aged 13 &10 sons) migrated to Australia for seeking enhancement of better quality of life and providing better environment to his boys.

I joined the British Army - Hong Kong Military Service Corps family in 1973 because of reading recruitment on newspaper when just turning to 18 of age. I never heard that Chinese people could be enlisted in British Army even more the pay was far more than I earning at that time,(Recruit got $329 a month).

On the day of recruiting in Lyemun Barrack which located on the hill top of 筲箕灣 I was so excited by hearing the loud & sharp voices of Call-Out-Timing on the Drill square where a drill lesson was taken place,
It was the first time to hear this remarkable sharp and heart beating sound. “One…..Two Three,, One,” it’s soul-stirring to me.

My recruit training began in early July/1973, a very hot and humid season for physical exercises particularly outdoor trainings that’s why we always been made a joke by our Education Instructors, “You guys all disliked English class and loved PT lessons when studying in school, but now doing opposite!”We laughed and answered that we loved air condition, No sweat!! Certainly we can enjoy smoking during the class..

Recruits scared to training instructors (named NCOs)because NCOs would give recruits punishment without any reason, it may be polishing a pair of boot, some extra cleaning duties or toilet washing. We had to arrange our time consumption on daily room job and polishing boot plus uniform ironing,in addition some naughty guys would climb over fence to escape from barrack in night for own reasons or entertainments therefore time is worth to recruits. Due to the recruits were not allow to leave barrack during the weekday evenings but they often ran away for a free movie at Wing Wah cinema or having dinner or even bullied the civilian for venting our angers when being punished by NCOs….

At the time of 8th week, we had done a DRILL test, granting a pass result permitted recruits to leave the barrack for few recreation hours after the dinner but must returned barrack before 22:00hrs.

In the middle of August, 1973, a very serious big fight between Police & HKMSC soldiers was occurred.

1. 我喜愛軍旅生活






To be continued,,..

[ 本帖最後由 Aussie_li 於 8-9-2008 17:14 編輯 ]


  • swana

Aussie Li is Paul Li, or is it a re-post?

This is the HK Chinese british-soldier corp, right?  I do remember something like that ...

Why didn't you emigrate to the UK?  Isn't it better?

NCO = Lance corporal or Sergeant?  Can't wait for part II ...

[ 本帖最後由 superhucard 於 17-8-2008 17:56 編輯 ]
原帖由 superhucard 於 17-8-2008 17:51 發表
Aussie Li is Paul Li, or is it a re-post?
Yes! I'm Paul Li, Aussie_li is my user ID on board. Sorry for typing too short in story's part because i've to use a head pointer for single key typing.

Paul Li講故事 2

The weather was so hot in the torrid sun at 1973’s mid-autumn, hence hard training and frequent penalized by the NCOs, a lot of recruits (including me) quite often went out to bully civilians specially targeting on bad-guys (drug-dealers & gangsters) or even longhairs teens along 筲箕灣 to 銅鑼灣, but never been interfered by policemen (don’t know why), I think they were merely concentrating on their corruption business by that time so they rather keep eye closed than getting trouble with British Army Personnel. Therefore, we became another gang of rascals with an icon of jarhead+sandals. Only that we wouldn’t touch female & children or elderly, nevertheless we were already under surveillance of PTU which was just newly formed for violence control.

In September the violence between Police and HKMSC soldiers was induced by an arrest for three recruits that I clearly recalled the incident because I involved. In one Wednesday’s evening we(10 recruits) went to Garden Restaurant to din & chat for leisure hours then going to leave, fortuitously there were 2 more intake-male came into the restaurant so three guys including me stayed behind with the 2 new arrivals continued to talk and drink for minutes more. And the other 7 recruits left and headed to barrack.

At about 9:30pm, the rear 5 recruits left the restaurant and returned to barrack by a taxi when turning left at the road junction which towards to the barrack. We saw many barrette head dressed policemen (PTU) had blocked the road and stopped our taxi to go through, so we got off and to see what happen. I seen three intake-mates were lying prone on the ground with handcuffed at their back and screamed for help. We attempted to rescue them but the PTU booted us away, we (5 recruits) immediately ran back to barrack and report the case to the guard room.

An hour later, almost 80 recruits and soldiers had ran to surrounded the whole 筲箕灣警署
, some radical members tried to charge forward into the entrance with brandishing the advertising board of police recruitment. However, there were three British Military Police who used their batons to truncheon back the guys, but few times attempted even unsuccessful. Other guys had surrounded the station and shot stones and hard garbage up to the station’s windows. We screamed out with anger, “Dare to come out? Coward!!”..

Hundreds of civilians gathering and newspaper reports also arrived, the situation was become critical, fortunately there appeared a British Army Officer who came out from to station and calmed the guys down by telling that the arrested recruits are to be released. Just seconds later, the three injury recruits were propped up by MPs to walk out slowly with deep painful looking.

At last several 4 toners came and carried the guys back to Lyemun barrack. In consequence the involved soldiers and recruits were punished 7 days Confine Barrack. During that 7 days we were been keeping informed that so many policemen were attacked when patrolling on street.

I recall it may not be entire but honestly that was I took part.







[ 本帖最後由 Aussie_li 於 2-9-2008 18:18 編輯 ]
原帖由 superhucard 於 17-8-2008 17:51 發表
This is the HK Chinese british-soldier corp, right?  I do remember something like that ...
Why didn't you emigrate to the UK?  Isn't it better?
NCO = Lance ...
Thank you Superhucard,, if my story is interesting to you, I'll certainly keep on writing.
Yes! NCO = Non Commission Officer that ranking from Lance Corporral up to Staff Sergeant.
3 intake-mates were lying prone on the ground with handcuffed at their back and screamed for help
I want to know why the Police PTU did that?  What really happened?
During that 7 days we were been keeping informed that so many policemen were attacked when patrolling on street.
Who dare to do that?  That was before ICAC.  The police were like Bandit Kings.
The conflict between Policemen and HK soldiers was a complex problem that Young-Soldiers were fierce and misleadingly influenced by other senior soldiers, because they having under-table business that conflict with policemen who participated privately....In years of 60s and early 70s, police was obviously headache with 水雷砲兵 (our nick name before.)

Paul Li講故事 3

After 20 weeks recruit training, I attended another driver training course then was posted to a transportation unit to be an ambulance driver. During my driver training, I was definitely a very naughty and immature soldier. But I did appreciate a senior Sergeant who had given me opportunities for manner-consolidation & work performance. Just share a little piece with you.

In the first day/week of driver training, all learners formed up and were being given introductions & orders, at the topic of daily meal we were told to pay few dollars extra for additional vegetable-potions in advance. I dared suddenly doing attention by drove my foot hardly onto the ground and raised my hand and said, “Sorry Sir, can I pay afterwards and why do we need to pay?” Few seconds dead air turn up, I, recognized the Sgt’s face just a bite unimpressed but without any anger at all and was explained that because the kitchen meals supple are lack of vegetable which Chinese preferred. I didn’t notice that I was wrong and making troubles and insisted to argue with a Sgt. Of course, I was ordered to shut-up in consequence.

After this case I though I would having hard time due to arguing with the training leader; nevertheless, I had been offered a very patient instructor who was a very out standing master to me. It was no doubt that some instructors were greedy in Yum Chai飲茶. But my master never requests any dim-sum & tea.

After driver training completed I was posted to a transport unit it mainly served the transportation for British Military Hospital in King’s park. What a coincidence that the kind Sergeant was there as well, so I met him again. I sensed that this Sgt always kept eye on my performance so I had to work hard and to perform smart including keep turn-out well ironed and boots polished plus keeping vehicle in clean & tidy condition. Form time to time, the Sgt was very impressed upon my capability. Two years gone, Honestly, the shifts of ambulance driver duty was boring and lack of interest to me. Fortunately I got an opportunity to replace a Junior Carde vacancy which was given up by a senior-driver who tended to go for an oversea training. I really believed that's all control by my destiny, in consequence I was promoted and become a training NCO in the Depot. It was in 1979





[ 本帖最後由 Aussie_li 於 3-9-2008 13:19 編輯 ]

An interesting comment by an Ex Regimental Sergeant Major

The following article is written by an Ex- RSM who associated with HK soldiers in early 70s

In the early days of my posting to the HKMSC due to the absence ( quick posting)of the OC Trg Coy I had to assume the additional duties. On an inspection of recruits lockers, I found many dirty mess tins.
Owners were to attend early morning show parades to show standards rectified.

Each morning as I came down the hill from my married quarter, I could see the recruits plus mess tins, formed up for inspection, if my memory serves me right there were about 15 on parade.

Each day the numbers lessened except for a group of five who never seemed to obtained the cleanliness required. After several days of repeat parades I came down the hill as usual , looking across the parade ground I was impressed by the shine at that distance of the mess tins , the sun fairly bounced off them.

Impressed, I picked up the first for inspection and found to my amazement, that the mess tin had been chromed .... so had the others.
Walking to the rear of the recruits I had to grin, to show my delight in their initiative. Some one had a contact in the industry and made use of it, full marks to who it was that organised the solution to the problem. I do hope that his initiative was well rewarded in his later life in the HKMSC. I never probed to find out who got the job done, the recruits had out smarted me me. I admired that quietly.

[ 本帖最後由 Aussie_li 於 18-8-2008 20:05 編輯 ]


I lost 20 pounds in weight under the pressure of been to a new member of training company, the Officer Major was famously known as the hardest and highest expectation on his NCOs abilities. I experienced his strange temper when I met him in the interview on the date I reported duty. I can remember that sooner his office’s door opened the Sergeant Major marched me in and halted at in front of his disk, the Major stared at me fund that a different (previous unit’s) badge was still pinned on my beret and with no strip (sign of rank) on arm, he immediately berated me to get change within FIVE minutes.

To be a training instructor absolutely isn’t easy. By that time, I was totally inexperienced in “Method of Instruction” and “Weapon Training Skill”, even didn’t fully understand some essential contents on the weapon training pamphlets. It’s no doubt that I made misleading occasionally on teachings so the Major keep accusing me plus hard time on job.

Fortunately this Training Major tended to give me chances and advices on the correction ands improvement for my military skill plus teaching technique, even more he sent me to UK for many military training instructor courses. Actually I had not let this kind Major down that I obtained many good results in consequence. After personal familiarization on various teaching skill and smart personal drill, I became an outstanding NCO among my colleagues and sooner and rapid promotions were absolutely amazing to me. In 1984, I’d been to the rank of Staff-Sergeant. Another prompt promotion of Warrant Officer class 2 informed me that after the completion of RQMS course, I’ll replace the RQ which was British WOII taken place.

However, luck not always be with me! Meanwhile I was waiting the promotion; the Commandant was changed duty, a new Lt. Col. Turn up. My good dream was turned down! The new Commandant had been whispered by a high-senior Corps member that my previous promotions were unbelievable fast because I’m a shoe-shining-boy擦鞋仔, in fact corrupting the Ex Commandant for promotions. In progress of the interview regarding my promotion cancellation, I clearly recalled as follows:

“Li, I’m sorry that your coming promotion is turned down. The reason’s I found that you’d jump promoted 3 times within two years time, it’s very unusually! And, I need to observe your capability and verify this recommendation. Don’t worry young man, if you’re really that smart & distinguished, you won’t be suffered.”

“Sure Sir!,,.. I do think my further promotion has being turned down, it’s not my loss! It’s Army’s loss.”

“I’ll see…..<grin>

I enjoyed as a Drill Instructor in The training Depot. In one occasion of our Company Sergeant Major on course, so I was acting his rank therefore I need to carry a pace stick, and because marching a pace stick was my favour drill. One day on my way of marching my stick from the drill square toward my office, suddenly I heard a loud voice, “Well-done Staff,, you’re the first one I have seen in the corps who plays the stick!” I seen there’s the Commandant of course immediately I saluted to him and said “Thank-you Sir”. At the Lunch-time in the Sergeants Mess, other pace-stick carriers were blaming about due to all of them had been ordered to practise their own skills on marching a pace stick.






Sure Sir,我想在下此次升級被取締只是軍隊的損失,並非我的損失」


我很嚮往作為一名軍操教官。有一次因訓練營准尉外出參與一課程關係,我便替代其職位,須要隨身携一支軍操步距器,俗稱「棍」,操「棍」本是我的喜好。一天我由操場步回寫字樓途中正開「棍」步操著,忽然聽到一響亮聲音「好嘢!你是香港團隊中首個我看見能持開棍步操的仕官。」我轉身發現原來係司令在說話,便馬上立正畀禮說:「Thankyou Sir.」之後午飯間聽到很多准尉級的華籍人士都要出席「操棍」練習,才知道開罪了這班高層。

[ 本帖最後由 Aussie_li 於 3-9-2008 13:27 編輯 ]