Mr Hon Kwong Ngai 魏漢光先生


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

Hon Kwong Ngai who was born in Hong Kong, is married and has 2 sons and 3 daughters. He joined Hong Kong Regiment in 1957 and served in the Support Company's mortar platoon. He enlisted in the 33rd intake of the Hong Kong Chinese Training Unit (HKCTU) in 1960. Being the best recruit of the champion platoon, Hon Kwong stayed behind the Lyemum Depot as a platoon Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) assisting foot drill. In the subsequent years he was ranked all the way to Staff Sergeant and posted to Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (REME) as I/C of the Regimental Police and Military Transport Sections.

He was promoted to Warrant Officer II in 1970 and posted to Far East Land Forces, Victoria Barracks, taking charge of their Defence Platoon. He was later posted back to Lyemum Hong Kong Military Services Corps (HKMSC) Training Company in the same year. In 1974 Hon Kwong was posted to Osborn Barracks, Kowloon Tong, the 51st Brigade Headquarters, taking up the position of Company Sergeant Major (CSM) of Guard Corp/Company. He was ultimately in 1980 scheduled to Lyemum and promoted Warrant Officer I, and became the Regimental Sergeant Major of the HKMSC, completing 21 years of military service. His ensuing civilian jobs include being the Campus Security Operation I/C of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and, a few years later, Senior Training Officer of Hong Kong Securicor.

Looking back over 2 decades of military service, Hon Kwong really takes pride in having trained thousands of Recruits and NCOs, intake by intake, cadre by cadre in their foot drill, weapon training, exercises, and regards them as an enormous contribution to the British Garrison in Hong Kong.