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 Incurable Cometoholic

    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
     
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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 Incurable Cometoholic

    Should have probably used his MasterCard instead of VISA ?
     
  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    As ever it could be dull as dishwater, but it does make me want to take a peek:

    Hidden gold bullion in Hong Kong

    Reference: CO 537/6062
    Description: Hidden gold bullion in Hong Kong
    Date: 1950
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: 54473
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

    Source:
    Hidden gold bullion in Hong Kong | The National Archives
     
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  8. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    It may refer to the plane crash on Mount Parker, Hong Kong in 1947. Reported as carrying USD15,000,000 (1947 value) gold for Hong Kong banks, however the word 'hidden' in the file title suggests a deliberate act. I would be inclined to think it refers to gold being buried prior to the surrender to Japanese Forces in 1941. I'm afraid you'll have to dig out and get the file copied!!
    Missing plane-crash gold on a Hong Kong hillside?

    Tim
     
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