Tantalising Files & Intriguing Sources

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by Charley Fortnum, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I often come across file names and descriptions that don't really pertain to whatever I'm reading up on, but really make me want to take a peek--I'm sure some of you who spend too much time trawling DISCOVERY find the same thing. How about this?

    Details of detention of General Mansergh G.O.C. Hong Kong on 15 May 1950 at the King Farouk airfield isolation camp

    Reference: FO 371/80562B
    Description: Details of detention of General Mansergh G.O.C. Hong Kong on 15 May 1950 at the King Farouk airfield isolation camp. Code JE file 1611
    Date: 1950​

    This could be nothing--perhaps they are using detention/detain in the sense that he was delayed--but if not what on earth is being alluded to? What was this 'isolation camp' And why would the Foreign Office have files on the matter?

    Online searches yield nothing on any of these scores.
     
  2. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Intriguing as you say. Isolation?.....possibly the Permanganate didn't work? ;-)
     
  3. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Excess duty frees?
     
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    On a serious note...I presume the GOC was transiting through Egypt (presumably by air given the location of the hospital) when he went down with a (suspected) contagious disease and was accommodated in an isolation hospital as would be the norm at the time for both military and civilians.

    Steve
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
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  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I hadn't thought of that.

    I've just checked adjacent file numbers and found that the companion piece is concerning VISA difficulties with the Egyptians--not sure if that's a clue or not.
     
  6. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Should have probably used his MasterCard instead of VISA ?
     

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