After the 2nd World War there was concern that China
might take over the island of Hong Kong so there was
a strong British military presence on the island and
in the New Territories. These were lands on the edge
of the Chinese mainland, taken over in the 19th Century.
The 1st Bn, Royal Norfolk Regiment was withdrawn from
Korea to Hong Kong and the New Territories in September
1952 and remained there for two years.
During this time they prepared defensive positions
along the frontier with China and trained drafts of
men from other regiments destined for Korea. There
was real concern about the possibility of a Chinese
This city began as a trading port and was leased by
China to Britain for 100 years and leased as an independent
territory of the UK. Sovereignty was transferred back
to the People’s Republic of China in 1991. Today
Hong Kong is known predominantly for being a centre
of banking and financial businesses and has moved away
from manufacturing. It is a cultural city that amalgamates
east and west.