Mr Johnny Lui 雷汝祐先生


Date 7 November 2013 Interviewed by Rosa Kurowska
Language English Audio Edited by Rosa Kurowska
Venue National Army Museum, London    

Mr Johnny Lui enlisted into the Hong Kong Military Service Corps (HKMSC), part of the British Army Contingent Element in 1977. Upon completion of his basic recruit training, he was posted to the Army Headquarters as a sentry guard and was later assigned to work in the welfare section assisting in the maintenance of welfare vessels. On successfully gaining his coxswain qualification he was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1979.

In 1981 he applied to transfer to the Royal Military Police (RMP) and having passed his 6 months probation period he was sent to the Royal Military Police Training Centre in Chichester, United Kingdom where he endured an 18-week long Initial Military Police training. He was promoted to Corporal the following year. Whilst serving with the General Police Duties (GPD) department he served at various posts, including the Combined Anti-Vice and Triad Bureau where he conducted his duties in plain-clothes.

In 1985 he was selected and transferred to the Special Investigation Branch (SIB), a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) within the RMP and was promoted to Sergeant. During his time with the SIB he worked closely with other British Government Law Enforcement Agencies including the Customs and Excise, Fire Service, Immigration Department, Civilian Police and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Having successfully gained his special qualification he was appointed as a Scene of Crime Officer and was promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1989. During this period he travelled and worked in the United Kingdom and Germany on numerous occasions. In 1992 he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class Two and continued serving with the SIB RMP until June 1997. Following the withdrawal of the British Armed Forces from Hong Kong Johnny and his family decided to make the move to England, eventually settling in Hampshire.

In March 2000 he re-enlisted back into the British Army as a Private Soldier and served with the Military Provost Guard Service (MPGS) in England. He was finally discharged from the Crown Service as a Staff Sergeant with the British Armed Forces in October 2010 at the age of 55.

During his service with the British Army he was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct and Queen's Golden Jubilee Medals.

Since his retirement he has worked as a Postman with the Royal Mail and is at present working as a Civil Servant with the MoD and has been so since December 2013. In his spare time, he has also volunteered as a Special Constable with the Hampshire Special Constabulary.