Mr Ricky Ying Tat Lee 李英達先生


Date 28 September 2016 Interviewed by Yiman Lin
Language Cantonese Audio Edited by Vivien Tang
Venue Hong Kong Summary and Translation by Gregory Choi/Xiushan Chen

Lee was born in 1959 in Hong Kong. Before joining the army he served as a receptionist in The Peninsula Hong Kong. He was enlisted in 1980 and had served for seventeen years in total.

He first served as a guard for two years in Lyemun Barrack before leaving for Osborne Barrack in Kowloon Tong, where he worked as a payroll administrator. Here, he was responsible for the pension of Gurkha soldiers and for the salaries of Hong Kong soldiers. After nearly five years, he applied to become an intelligence officer in the Intelligence Service once he heard they were recruiting. After being accepted, he went to England to take the compulsory course to become an qualified intelligence officer. He practised his skills that he learnt from interrogation class on the members of the Special Air Service, an unique experience that Lee would never forget.

When the sovereignty over Hong Kong was about to handover to China in 1997, he retired from the army as a Class Two Warrant Officer. He had already settled already in the UK well before the handover ceremony took place. Once he settled down, he joined the Territorial Army (Intelligent Core) near Russell Square, London, and had served for two years. For a while, Lee had temporarily worked at a hotel, but he then quickly switched to work for a food manufacturer as a supervisor. Now Lee is working for Amazon, UK as a health and safety supervisor at their storage room. He is also a current member of The Hong Kong Ex-Servicemen’s Association (British Branch).

(Profile translated by: Gregory Choi/Alfred Sloley)