Bosco Radio Corp, the Gardner brothers and Kyoei Corp.
Can you provide more information about Bosco Radio Corp., the Gardner brothers or “Kyoei” company, the latter particularly pre-WW2 and during?
Elizabeth Ride has sent this BAAG report. She notes: the page you originally posted [ie up to Post War Activities] was one of two of a document of which the second page was ‘restricted’ (withheld) in the BAAG papers by the MOD until the year 2021. However, I later found the following whole document, (shown below), in the Foreign Office files in the National Archives.
Kukong Intelligence Summary #1, 28.5.1942.
Brian Edgar: The Gardner brothers left for Macao in November 1942 (1 p362). They were suspected of helping the Japanese with radio equipment and were allowed to take far more to Macao than the regulations stipulated.
The BAAG seems to have confused the Gardner brothers with Archibald Gardner, who was as far as I know unrelated. He gave evidence at a War Crimes Trial.
There is a contemporary Kyoei Electronics Hongkong Company which appears to fit the bill:
For information about the ship mentioned in the report – Shirogane Maru see:
This article was originally published on 23rd August 2014.
(1) Captives of Empire: The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China and Hong Kong, 1941-1945, G G Leck, Shandy Press, 2006
- For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through http://gwulo.com/node/13968
- The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project –
Brian Edgar’s blog: In The Dark World’s Fire: Thomas and Evelina Edgar in Occupied Hong Kong contains a considerable amount of absorbing information and personal accounts
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