In Victoria and Kowloon on Nathan Road were many shops and bazaars in the side streets. They were full of goods of every description and luxuries from all over the world that were not available in England. It really opened our eyes. And at what appeared to be bargain prices with every price negotiable, and we became adept at it. Our first purchases were civilian clothes for these we were allowed to wear off duty, and then we looked at watches and cameras.
If we happened to be in on a Sunday Ian Styles and I occasionally attended evensong at the Cathedral and the Church of England form of service being a reminder of things at home. While on this topic we had formal Church parades at times and visits from an army chaplain but religion never figured large in our lives. Though one of our fellow squaddies was a devout Plymouth Brethren who each night knelt at his bedside and said his prayers.
Chinese Tradesmen at Camp
A Chinese tailor in camp quickly make something to measure as the camp cobbler quickly made shoes. Having these made was simplicity itself; one pointed to an illustration in a magazine, he ran a pencil around your feet on a piece of cardboard and named a price, once that was settled the shoes were ready within a few days. I got a good hand made pair for HK$ 25 (about 30/-shillings or one US dollar.)
As we got the camp into order and became accustomed to our life under canvas the construction of corrugated iron Nissen huts to replace our tents commenced. This in turn meant we had once again to move the tents. From this it appeared our lot might improve. That was not to be for in typical army fashion as they were being completed we were told, toward the end of May, that the Battery was to move to Ping Shan, or Quarry Camp.