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Royal Hong Kong Regiment

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image by Miles Li, 24 May 2009


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Camp Flag

This is the Camp Flag of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) until its disbandment in 1995.
The scroll underneath the Chinese dragons read "Nulli Secundus in Oriente" (Second to None in the Orient).
Miles Li, 23 May 2009


Royal Hong Kong Regiment Volunteers

The regiment was originally founded in May 1854 as the Hong Kong Volunteers to replace the British troops that had been sent to the Crimean War. They were later disbanded in the same year and reinstituted in 1862, before again being disbanded in 1866. Again resurrected in 1878 as the Hong Kong Artillery and Rifle Volunteer Corps getting its final designation in 1941. During World War I, it was the only defense group remaining in Hong Kong following the departure of the British troops. During World War II, they defended Hong Kong before the fall of the territory to the Japanese, losing over 10% of its force in battle. The Hong Kong Regiment became part of the Hong Kong Defence Force in 1949 and granted the title Royal in 1951, leading to new colors being presented. The Regiment was disbanded 3 September 1995.
Source: History of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (Volunteers); RHKR Royal Volunteers Association <http://www.rhkr.org/history/index.htm>; accessed 15 August 2007.
Phil Nelson, 15 August 2007
Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 July 2007
 
It is a plain red flag with a badge topped by a royal crown and surrounded by a garland in its centre. Within the garland there are Tudor roses and thistles.
The red badge shows two Chinese dragons not facing one another and is surrounded by a inscription: The Royal Hong Kong Regiment (top) The Volunteers (bottom) . The flag is surrounded by golden fringes and is ending within two triangles having curved sides.
Source is a reddish $2.60 stamp of (British Hong Kong) from the year 1995.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2007

The stamp is listed by the above web site as the then-current guidon. Patrick Lam's website lists this as being $2.10, not $2.60, which seems to be confirmed by an image of the flag on the first day issue cover. The background on which the guidon is shown is really more along the lines of light and dark salmon shade, at least by my estimation. Date of issue: 16 August 1995.
Phil Nelson, 15 August 2007


Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps

Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 July 2007
 
It is a plain yellow flag with a sting of orange with a badge topped by a royal crown and surrounded by a garland in its centre. Within the garland there are Tudor roses and thistles.
The red badge shows two Chinese dragons not facing one another and is surrounded by an inscription: The Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps.
The flag is surrounded by golden fringes.
I do not know much about that regiment, just that it had existed between 1854 and 1995, because my source is a greenish $2.60 stamp of (British Hong Kong) from the year 1995.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 July 2007

Patrick Lam lists this stamp as being the Hong Kong Regimental Colour presented to the Volunteer Defense Force in 1928. The green cited is a two color green background. Date of issue: 16 August 1995.
Phil Nelson, 15 August 2007