Mr Roger Ching 程源基先生


Date 14 April 2013 Interviewed by Aubrey Ko
Language Cantonese Audio Edited by Jingxiang Shi
Venue Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence Translated by Peter Nix

Roger Ching was born in Hong Kong. He joined the British Army in Hong Kong in June 1975 and became a member of the British-Chinese Force. He underwent basic recruit training at the Training Depot, Hong Kong Military Service Corps (HKMSC), Lyemun Barracks. On completion of this, Roger was posted to Blackdown Barracks, Composite Ordnance Depot, Royal Army Ordnance Corps in November that same year. Following his short tour of service with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, he was posted in 1979 to the Hong Kong Provost Company, Royal Military Police as a uniformed Military Policeman. Roger was subsequently promoted to Corporal and sent to the Royal Military Police Training Centre, Chichester, West Sussex (since moved to Havant), where he received a five month basic Military Police training. He completed this in December 1979 and was posted back to Headquarters, Hong Kong Provost Company, Royal Military Police, and stationed at HMS Tamar until January 1992, when he was discharged from the British Army.

During his tour of service with the Royal Military Police, in 1982 Roger was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Special Investigation Branch, Royal Military Police as Special Investigation Officer, becoming responsible for criminal investigations involving servicemen, servicewomen, dependants, and Ministry of Defence civilian employees stationed in Hong Kong, as well as visiting NATO forces' servicemen. In June 1982, Roger returned to the Royal Military Police Training Centre for a 3-month Special Investigation Training. Upon completion of this, he was seconded Section 14, Special Investigation Branch in Werl, Germany, British Army of Rhine (BAOR). He was  finally returned to Hong Kong at the end of 1982, where he continued his service with the Special Investigation Branch there until discharged from the British Army in January 1992. Roger had given 18 and a half years of loyal service to the Crown and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was also awarded the Good Conduct and Long Service Medal by the Ministry of Defence.