Hok Un Power Station, a compilation of those who helped restore it at the end of World War Two
IDJ: When Hong Kong was liberated after the surrender of the Japanese, one of the first groups to arrive was “Shield Force.” This mainly comprised 3,000 Royal Air Force personnel who had been diverted from their expected task of building Pacific island aerodromes to assist the Allied advance towards Japan.
Not all RAF personnel in the war were involved in flying aircraft, there was a very large engineering backup, including the little known Airfield Construction Service. After the British military had gained control of Hong Kong there was a great need to restore services and utilities such as electricity. A group from the RAF contingent were assigned to China Light & Power’s Hok Un Power Station and successfully managed to restore basic electricity supplies.
HF: I thought it would be of interest to post an article about those who took part in the restoration of Hok Un post WW2. We have two persons so far but I would be delighted to include any more.
Malloy, Aster Vincent: Leanne Malloy has sent the following information and images related to her grandfather Aster Malloy.
TO The London Gazette
Of FRIDAY, the 28th of APRIL, 1944
published by Authority
Registered as a newspaper
TUESDAY, 2 MAY, 1944
ROYAL AIR FORCE. .
GENERAL- DUTIES BRANCH.
Appointment to commission)
Wood, Andrew: Graham Wood has compiled this brief biography of his father Andrew Wood, who was involved in repairing Hok Un Power Station in Hong Kong at the end of the Japanese occupation during World War Two. Images and information about this can be seen in our article, Hok Un Power Station, post World War Two images, linked below.
Andrew Wood 1919 – 2000
Graham Wood has compiled this brief biography of his father Andrew Wood: Raised in Aberdeen. Left school at 14. Worked for a while as a messenger boy for a jeweller in Aberdeen. Then apprenticed to John M. Henderson & Co. Ltd of Aberdeen a heavy engineering company making furnaces, steam derricks and quarry machinery, primarily cableways and Blondins. Studied engineering night school at Robert Gordons Aberdeen.
Called up into the RAF late 1940 or early 1941. After an initial stint servicing training aircraft, transferred to airfield maintenance with a particular focus on power supply provision for airfields and barracks facilities. Served in east of England and then for a while in the Faroe Islands.
For further information about Andrew Wood please see our article:
Andrew Wood biography – involvement in the repair of Hok Un power station at the end of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong
This article was first posted on 1st December 2021.
Related Indhhk articles:
- CLP: The construction of Hok Un power station 1921, Part One
- CLP: The construction of Hok Un power station 1921, Part Two
- CLP: The construction of Hok Un power station 1921, Part Three
- CLP – Hok Un (Yuen) Power Station 1921-1991 – updated
- John M. Henderson, Engineering Company, Aberdeen, Scotland…link to Hok Un power station, Hong Kong
- Andrew Wood biography – involvement in the repair of Hok Un power station at the end of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong
- Hok Un Power Station, post World War Two images
- CLP’s Hok Un Power Station – immediately post World War Two
- Preece, Cardew and Rider – Consulting Engineers for Hok Un power station
- CLP’s Hok Un Power Station during the Japanese occupation
- CLP- Lawrence Kadoorie speech 1977 – HK + Hok Un Power Station during WW2
- Robert Gordon Shewan – CLP, Green Island Cement and HK Rope Manufacturing