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number 69 please - chinese in the army

#1
following on from another thread about ethnic recruiting, and using Karl Pilkington style observations, ("i've never seen a chinese homeless person" KP, 2006),

i've never, ever seen a chinese person in the British Army? I'm not talking about oriental/asians, i think i met a mixed race singaporean/brit doctor once.

No, i'm talking about the real-deal Chinese?

Has anybody ever met a Chinese soldier in the British Army - or for that matter, are there any other races that make up our rich ethnic culture that seem to be completely absent from our Forces?

I do however have a chinese fighting jacket - so who did that once belong to???
 
#3
Actually yes! Had a couple in our Bn. in the 70's -80's. Proper ethnic Chinese but raised in Canada and came to us via our affiliated militia Rifle regiment. Both good guys, one later joined the RUC and is still servingin PSNI!! Excellent chap but I wonder what the Fcuk the locals made of him!
 
#6
We had one, a Scouse name of Hing when I was doing my basics. 100 % full blown, memory says he didn't stay long post completion of training.
john
 

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#8
goon_bde said:
Has anybody ever met a Chinese soldier in the British Army - or for that matter, are there any other races that make up our rich ethnic culture that seem to be completely absent from our Forces?
Errr, there were quite a few in the Hong Kong Regiment (or whatever it was called - was it the Hong Kong Military Service Corps?).
 
#9
We had a chinese female Sig in our Sqn two years ago, she left us to goto university. From what I remember she was quite fit
 
#11
There is a Honk Kong chinaman in the AGC ETS, smashing little chap though he sounds like Benny Hills' pantomime chinaman.

The watchkeepers pool used to have a HK chinese Major (spoke better English than the Brigadier), who had joined the RLC when he came to the UK, and became OC of the mobile laundary.
 
#13
I was married to a female Int Corps WO who would seem to meet your critera. She was from HK. Intrigued by your separation of Chinese from Oriental though.... What does that mean? (Forgive my ignorance, but I would have called the Chinese oriental myself.)

ARNJ
 
#14
LoneTree said:
Did,nt a load of Chinese die when the Atlantic Conveyor was burnt out during the Falklands campaign ?. God rest thier souls.

Regards LT.
There where and still are a shed load of chinese guys working on ships, down in the grotty bit at the bottom normally.
Not sure if they count as serving in the forces though.

Once served with a half Chinese SSgt in Krefeld. So it seems they do exist but not very many of them.
 
#16
LoneTree said:
Did,nt a load of Chinese die when the Atlantic Conveyor was burnt out during the Falklands campaign ?. God rest thier souls.

Regards LT.

We had a Sgt by the name of Chan.
Top bloke, even topper as his liver was fcked and he would drive us from pub to pub.





Quack
 

Goatman

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#17
we had a full screw who was ethnic Chinese, though an adopted Scouser - answered on parade to and universally known as "Sixty-Nine".

Snored like a barstaad - good deckie though, as long as you didn't let him drive. :lol:
 
#18
Met a HK bloke on a TA CMT course. He was 100% Cantonese. I also met a bloke who was half Nepalese (sp?)

... and of course there's me!

(and no. My Mum's NOT Ling...)
 
#19
I met an RCT guy from Duisberg who was Chinese, in Soltau in 88, that's it really.

And the RN ships always had Chinese guys running the ships laundry but I believe they were civvy contractors attached to the Navy.

Slightly off topic, Swansea is full of Gurkha bus drivers and lorry drivers, saw one today driving a Dyfed Steel truck, which was somewhat incongruous.
 
#20
Steven said:
LoneTree said:
Did,nt a load of Chinese die when the Atlantic Conveyor was burnt out during the Falklands campaign ?. God rest thier souls.

Regards LT.
There where and still are a shed load of chinese guys working on ships, down in the grotty bit at the bottom normally.
Not sure if they count as serving in the forces though.

Once served with a half Chinese SSgt in Krefeld. So it seems they do exist but not very many of them.
Priior to the Falklands War the majority of ratings (if not all) on ships of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary were Hong Kong Chinese. Those of us old enough to remember taking the LST from Liverpool to Belfast for an NI tour will remember them. As I recall, the ships were always immaculate the food excellent and for 10p you could watch the crews Porn stash. Unfortunately, the word is that it all went terribly wrong when the ships were deployed down south and I've heard some unpleasant stories about what happened aboard when the bombs and Exocets were flying. Apparently some of the crews chose that moment to query the small print in their contracts of employment. At any rate the last time I was on an RFA, Sir Tristram I think, was in the late 80's. The crew were all British the food was shyte, ship wasn't as clean and there was no Frankie Vaughan. On the other hand, nobody mutinied, such is the end of of Empire I fear.
 

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