Captain (Retired) Kenny Yau 邱偉基上尉(退役)


Date 18 April 2013 Interviewed by Aubrey Ko
Language Cantonese  Audio Edited by Jingxiang Shi
Venue The Hong Kong Ex-Servicemen's Association Ltd Translated by Ivan So

Captain (retired) Kenny Yau joined the British Army in Hong Kong when he was just eighteen years old in July 1971. After recruitment training, he was posted to the Depot of Hong Kong Military Service Corps to carry out general military duties. In 1975, he was transferred to 29 Transport Squadron Royal Corps of Transport (RCT), a unit responsible for the provision of military transport services to Hong Kong Garrison. During his time in 29 Transport Squadron RCT, he served in a variety of appointments: in the training field, he was the Driving Instructor and reached the rank of Officer in Charge of Mechanical Transport Training Wing; and in the operation field, he was the Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver up to the Squadron Administrative Officer. He visited the United Kingdom many times to attend courses and training, and was deployed to West Germany, Borneo and Malaysian jungles. He was commissioned in 1991 and retired at the rank of Captain in April 1997.

Apart from his military duties, Kenny was a key player in the squadron motorcycle display team and spent much of his own time performing motorcycle displays for charitable organisations and local communities. Furthermore, he also took part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 1981 and the Royal Tournament at Earls Court London in 1996.

In his nearly twenty-six years of Crown Service, Kenny learnt a great deal about Army people-management, with the practice of "One for All & All for One" and "Esprit de Corps". In particular, he enjoyed a British sense of humour that has helped him through many difficult times, which it still does today.

After leaving the Army, he pursued different careers, for example, as Logistics Manager of a UK based railway transport manufacture company, as HR & Administration Manager of a China mainland based logistics company, and as the Operations Manager of a Hong Kong based property company. Kenny now works as the Secretary to the Royal British Legion (Hong Kong & China Branch), and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Hong Kong.