There were three possibilities as to who may have occupied these surviving WW2 military structures:
On the declaration of a State of Emergency on Sunday 7th December 1941 six howitzers were deployed to forward locations in the vicinity of Tai Wai. These included two 3.7-inch and two 4.5-inch howitzers from 2nd Mountain Battery, and two 6-inch howitzers from 25th Medium Battery. The two 3.7-inch guns were transported by pack mules and were probably positioned furthest forward. The 4.5 and 6-inch guns needed to be towed by lorries and would therefore have been deployed close to the Tai Po Road. Other guns (3.7-inch howitzers) were deployed at Customs Pass, on the right flank of the Gin Drinkers Line (GDL), whist others were positioned to the rear of the GDL at Main Filters, located at the southern end of Tai Po Road, and the Polo Ground near Prince Edward Road. Nearby AOPs were manned at Sandal Wood, Crown Point, Golden Hill, Shing Mun Redoubt, Texaco Peninsula and Crown Point. Mainland Royal Artillery had their HQ in splinter proof shelters adjacent to those occupied by Mainland (Kowloon) Infantry Brigade at the northern end of Waterloo Road.
At 1100 hours on 11th December, 'D' Coy's forward troops fired their Boys anti-tank rifles at two Japanese light tanks seen on Tai Po Road near the Shatin level-crossing, probing the Punjab defences.
Dec. 11th 1215 hours:"Last troops left forward positions. I met the CO at Advanced Battalion HQ and proceeded to 51/2 MS. On arrival found that 'D' Coy had been posted in position above the catchment . Spent next four hours walking along the catchment, up Railway Pass, round Beacon Hill locating Coy positions."
Dec. 11th 1830 hours:
"Withdrew Coy along the catchment up Shatin Pass, down Jats Incline to Devil's Peak Pier."
Dec. 10th 2400 hours:
"Reported to CO at 6 1/2 MS HQ".
|71/2 MS Rest Garden|
|Replica of MS|
|Source: Po Leung Kok YC Cheng Centre web site|
|My route from the hospital to the back of the building site|
|Splinter proof shelter|
|The same shelter looking west towards the rear of the site|
|The long bunker looking east towards the entrance to the site|
|Entrance portals at the long bunker|
|The long bunker looking west towards the rear of the site|
|Entrance to one of the splinter proof shelters|
|Standard design splinter proof shelter.|
|Set of two splinter proofs|
Rob Weir informed me that the site was used at one time during the 1960s/1970s as a Riding School. Victor Li advised me that before and during the war the site was part of the Kai Kee poultry farm.
|Damaged map showing four sets of splinter proofs and the long bunker (Courtesy: Victor Li)|
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