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Best posting I ever had.  No longer an island, but these show the island in 76-77.


http://s405.photobucket.com/albums/pp136/Fluff_TVO/Views%20around%20Stonecutters%20Island%2076-77/

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You know I got to just about every other island in HK and all over sek kong etc, but I never managed stonecutters Rod.  Thanks
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Best posting I ever had.  No longer an island, but these show the island in 76-77.


http://s405.photobucket.com/albums/pp136/Fluff_TVO/Views%20around%20Stonecutters%20Island%2076-77/

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Fluff,

That certainly brought back some happy memories for me. I served there from '79 to '81 and absolutely loved it. Was Mok Tong the Sgt's Mess barman when you were there?

We had some great lad's on the Island and although the Mess was only small the social life on the Island was second to none. The only drawback was the ferry journey to HK Island or TST but it was just one of lifes little drawbacks.

I went back in '91 when I was at the main Comp Ord Depot but it had changed so much it was almost unrecognisable. It is in top three of my postings for sure.

Willie
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Yes ! Mok Tong was our barman/manager, we stole him from the Comp Ord Mess - a great character.

The RCT had only just moved over from San Po Kong so we lots of little boats with HKMSC crews which saved us using Walla Wallas or the Navy boat.

What with our own Mess, Lido, NAFFI Shop and Restaurant - twas a hard life.

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Spent 2 weeks going there on a Fire NCO's course (1982), the T boat took 40 mins to get back to Kowloon Public peir via HMS Tamar, felt wobbly after a week there. The Mess was combined officers / SNCO's, think they were preparing the Island for the arrival of HKMSC lads, the civvis were out cutting the newly laid grass (footy pitch) with scissors!!.

Did the island 2 mile race, nearly flaked getting to the top hill from ASD, bit iffy during Typhoon's though.

Great times

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Spent 2 weeks going there on a Fire NCO's course (1982), the T boat took 40 mins to get back to Kowloon Public peir via HMS Tamar, felt wobbly after a week there. The Mess was combined officers / SNCO's, think they were preparing the Island for the arrival of HKMSC lads, the civvis were out cutting the newly laid grass (footy pitch) with scissors!!.

Did the island 2 mile race, nearly flaked getting to the top hill from ASD, bit iffy during Typhoon's though.

Great times

Geordie

When I was there, Geordie, Cpl's living on the Island were in fact full members of the Sgt's mess. There was no Junior Ranks club at all. This was a bit unique but I think the total Mess strength was only about thirty. Officers on the Island were not members but they were always welcome to use the Mess and when Maj Stan Woods was 2ic of ASD he was to be found in there regularly. He was a nice sociable chap was Stan who liked a drink or several. Barry Airth, who was the senior fireman(AFB) in HK and lived on the island was also know to fall out of the Mess on a regular basis.

I used to run round the island several times a week and you are right that hill from the swimming pool up to the top above the Depot was a killer. I would run from east pier along the range road and then up that bugger. Not for the faint hearted.
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Willie,

Yes ! Mok Tong was our barman/manager, we stole him from the Comp Ord Mess - a great character.

The RCT had only just moved over from San Po Kong so we lots of little boats with HKMSC crews which saved us using Walla Wallas or the Navy boat.

What with our own Mess, Lido, NAFFI Shop and Restaurant - twas a hard life.

Fluff

Don't you mean Sham Shui Po, Fluff?

There was some good lads amongst the RCT sailors and could they drink or what?

Mok Tong was great and he knew everything that was going on. That abacus he would use in the bar was brilliant. We had a race one night to total up a large round of drinks, him with his abacus and one of the lads with an electronic calculator. Guess who won? Yep Mok Tong.
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Yes! Willie I did mean Sham Shui Po - had a senior moment there. 
It was not unusual for Cpl's to be members of a Sgt's Mess - Cpl AT's were members of CAD Lontown Mess and of course L/Sgt's (Cpl's) are members of Guards Messes. 
We had four Officers on the island and they were invited to use the mess and I think they may have paid for a function or two.
I do recall Mok Tongs skill with the abacus, facinating to watch.

These were taken at the 1st Regtl Dinner in the SCI Mess.
http://s405.photobucket.com/albums/pp136/Fluff_TVO/First%20Regtl%20Dinner%20SCI%20Mess/
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