4 Hussars history? (Book?) re 1950

Discussion in 'Malaya' started by Chris C, Apr 29, 2021.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Hi all,

    I was wondering if there is a published history about the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, and does anyone have a copy?

    I have been forwarded a blurry photo of their Archers(!) from 1950. Written on the back is "C Sqdn 4 Hussars, Valentine SPs at Lowu[??? I can't make this out] prior to departing to Malaya"

    Naturally I am very curious about whether they actually took Archers to Malaya - probably not I would imagine - and where they were prior to that. Wikipedia suggests Lübeck.
     
  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Lowu Camp (Lo-Wu) is in the New Territories in Hong Kong where they were under 40 Inf Div.

    May have more at home.


    Edit: for 1951 I have:
    • 4 HUSSARS were under command 3 COMMANDO BRIGADE in IPOH (less 2 squadrons).
    • 1 Squadron was detached to 48 GURKHA INFANTRY BRIGADE in Kuala Lipis
    • 1 Squadron was detached to LAND FORCES Hong Kong (in late 1949, this was C-Squadron).
     
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  3. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Yes and yes. And it covers the period up to 1958.

    I will try to dodge the better half and find it this evening...
     
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  4. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Wow, thanks Charley, that's brilliant: so there were a few Archers with C Squadron in Hong Kong!

    idler anything you can dig it up would be fantastic.
     
  5. Don Juan

    Don Juan Well-Known Member

    As the Comets in Hong Kong tended to be passed on from unit to unit, I wonder if the same happened to the Archers?
     
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  6. idler

    idler GeneralList

    OK: their last location in Germany was Lubeck until Nov 1947. They then spent 9 months in Colchester before going to Malaya via Aden and Colombo. All it has to say about HK is: "For most of the three years one squadron was away in Hong Kong."

    I suspect their regimental journal will be the only way forward.
     
  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Oh, blast. Thank you for checking!

    Is "journal" a synonym for "war diary" here, or something else?
     
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    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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  9. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    No, you want the very thing I failed to buy on eBay last month!

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  10. Don Juan

    Don Juan Well-Known Member

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  11. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Hmmm that would go with my question of "does the Sikorski Institute have the war diary of 7 Polish Anti-Tank Regiment?". :-/ Not getting to the IWM anytime soon!
     
  12. Don Juan

    Don Juan Well-Known Member

    The 7 Polish Anti-Tank Regiment's war diary is very likely to be in Polish, as I believe that was the default.

    I'll put the 4th Hussars Journal on the list for the next time I visit the IWM, although of course that is not likely to be soon.
     
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  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Yes, absolutely - I would have to find a translator as well.

    Thank you! I'll see what I can do in the meantime.
     
  14. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Looks like they were doing infantry duty for a while.

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  15. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I would guess there was just the one squadron in HK manning Archers there.
     
  16. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    The unit's CO's OBE citation says that they were acting as an armoured car regiment until at least June 1950.

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