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A rare & important Chinese 'Battle for Kong' medal group of 4 to an Honorary ADC to Governor of Hong Kong Colony 1941: Deputy Divisional Warden Wong Sik Kuen, B.E.M., Corps of Air Wardens, Hong Kong, late Honorary A.D.C. to the Governor of Hong Kong

- Order of St. John
- British Empire Medal (Civil). GVI first issue (Wong Sik Kuen)
- Defence Medal
- Civil Defence Medal. With colonial 'Hong Kong reverse

Important: The decorations both verified as published per below London Gazette sources;

- Order of St John, Serving Brother: London Gazette issue of 2 January 1953
- British Empire Medal: London Gazette issue of 13 June 1946

Note: During the Second World War, Wong Sik Yuen, of Air Raid Precuation (A.R.P.), held the appointment of Honorary Aide De Camp, to each of the last 2 x pre-war Governor-Generals as published in respective issues of the Hong Kong Government Gazettes, in 1940 & 1941 as under;

- Effective 20/12/1940: Hony ADC to Sir Geoffry Alexander Stafford Northcote
- Effective 10/09/1941: Hony ADC to Sir Mark Aitchison Young

Wong was by ethnicity Hong Kong Chinese (Cantonese), and a prominent member of the Hong Kong Colony buisness community. Holding a key appointment as Assistant 'Comprador' (ref 'Merriam-Webster', describes a Compardaor as 'A Chinese agent engaged by a foreign establishment in China to have charge of its Chinese employees and to act as an intermediary in business affairs'. Sik Kuen is recorded as being on the list of Hong Kong Jurors in the period 1937-1940, during which his employment was recorded as being with The Hong Kong and Kowloon Wharf and Godown Company, Limited - an extremely prestigious 'Hong' first established in 1886, and in 2018 called The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, and owner of the iconic Star Ferry, i-CABLE and Cable TV, Wharf T&T, and Modern Terminals.

As a volunteer, Wong Sik Kuen was a very early member of the Hong Kong Government's, Auxiliary Civil Defence Corps, which in 1938, had as it's origins in the newly formed Air Raid Precaution Department (ARP), created in response to the gathering of war clouds in the Far East Region. Reflective of his standing as a 'Comprador' in the private secto, Sik Kuen, subsequently held a senior appointments within the Air Raid Precuation Department, and in recognition of the growing importance of Civil Defence and in particular Air Raid Precaution services, he was elevated to become Honorary 'Aide De Camp' (ADC) to the last 2 x pre-war Governors of Hong Kong Colony

In the period 1940-1941, a massive programme of building air raid shelters was carried out in Hong Kong Colony, including Kowloon, but especially so, on Hong Kong island in Central and Wanchai districts, where a maze of tunnels and air raid shelters were constructed. In his capacity as Hony ADC to the Governor, Sik Kuen, would have played a prominent part in coordinating aspects of the ARP shelters programme

The members of Hong Kong ARP, were only entitled to the award of the Defence Medal for their service in Hong Kong Colony - a hard earned reward, not just for the sterling work the volunteers put-in both prior and during the Battle for Hong Kong, in December 1941, but also in respect of the years of hardship and toil that immediately followed in the wake of the occupation by the Imperial Japanese Army. As of writing we do not know of the exact fate / circumstances of Sik Kuen during the dark years of Japanese occupation, suffice to say that if he had been unable to escape the colony, then life in occupied Hong Kong for a former prominent Chinese Comprador and Honorary ADC to the Governor of Hong Kong, would have surely singled him out for harsh, if not brutal treatment, by the occupying enemy

The medals are mounted in the swing style (the BEM ribbon split & the medal now loose), and 'as-worn' by the recipient. The mounting bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings

A rare and desirable group that includes a 'brace' of decorations to a Hong Kong Chinese recipient

Condition: Silver medals toned GVF

Code: 18775Price:


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A positively attributed 'Jungles to Jails' post war South East Asia campaign and prison service group of 5: Officer Patrick John Snell, B.E.M., Her Majesty's Prison Service, late Company Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders

- British Empire Medal (Civil Division). EIIR issue (Patrick John Snell)
- War Medal
- GSM 1918. GVI 2 clasps 'S.E. Asia 45-46' ' Malaya' (14488730 Cpl. P. Snell. Seaforth.)
- Queens Own Highlanders: Gilt Medal (Mr P. J. Snell BEM 1987-1992)
- Army Rifle Association: Bisley Medal, with legend 'Individual S.M.G.' & clasp 1960

The Army Rifle Association medal being for prowess with Sub-Machine-Gun

Important: The B.E.M. published in the London Gazette issue of 31 December 1984, and an award as Officer, Her Majesty's Prison Service, 'Reading Prison'

Note: The GSM medal with clasp 'S.E. Asia 1945-46' verified as entitled per the respective medal roll of 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (ref WO 100/514 compiled at Gillman Barracks, Singapore, on 25 August 1947). 1/Seaforth, was the only Scottish regiment - and one of very few British Infantry regiments, to have deployed at battalion level, and qualify for this particular medal & clasp for fighting in Netherlands East Indies, with 23rd Indian Division. in the period 1945-1946. Less then 500 x 'S. E. Asia' clasps were awarded to 1/Seaforth, the battalion subsequently serving a tour in Malaya, 1946-1951

Patrick John Snell, son of Herbert & Johannah Snell, was born, at Newton Abbot, Devon, England, circa 1927. In 1939, Patrick, still a schoolboy was residing at home with his parents, at Windown, Bridgewater, Somerset, where his father was employed as a 'Keeper & Rabbit Trapper'. Patrick joined the British Army as a 'Boy Soldier' in 1944, and was posted to the Seaforth Highlanders. Subsequently serving with 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. By the time he took his discharge from the British Army, circa 1962, he was holding the appointment of Company Sergeant Major (CSM). After leaving the British Army, Patrick joined the Prison Service and was serving as an Officer at Reading Prison, when he was decorated with the British Empire Medal in 1984. After retiring form the Prison Service, Patrick relocated to Inverness, Scotland. Patrick Snell is recorded as having died at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, Scotland, on 5 February 2009, and an obituary notice being posted in the Inverness Courier issue of 6 February

The first 3 x medals mounted-as-worn in the court-style, the reverse of the mounting-bar retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings

Condition: GVF

Code: 18875Price:

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