Lewes War Wedding after Dramatic Escape from Hong Kong


Admiral Chan Chak arriving in Kukong;  
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Buddy Hide's Wedding in Lewes 1942

Petty Officer Buddy Hide marries Dorothy Dredge in Lewes 2nd June 1942.
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Petty Officer (Buddy) S J Hide

Petty Officer (Buddy) S J Hide marries Dorothy L Dredge at St Michael's Church in Lewes on Tuesday 2nd June 1942, just 11 days after arriving back from his epic escape from Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941.

Back Row L to R: Edward V Dredge, Margaret Parsons, née Hide, Bill Hide, Joan Thain néeHide, Lizzy Holder née Hide, Betty Holder, Kathy Hide.

Front Row, L to R: Ted J Denyer, Mary Denyer, née Hide, Elizabeth M Hide née Turner, Buddy Hide, with June Young in front, Dorothy Hide, née Dredge, Horace Young, Mrs. Louisa M Dredge, née Cornwell, Mrs. Isabelle Young, née Dredge.







Buddy Hide's eldest son, the late David Hide, talking about his father's escape from Hong Kong.



St Michael of St Michael's Church, Lewes.

St Michael of St Michael's Church in Lewes







MTB Crest Beware the Sting in the Tail

The flotilla took a beating during the battle for Hong Kong.
When the Japanese invaded Hong Kong Island, the 2nd MTB Flotilla was ordered to attack and shoot up everything in sight, and to expend all ammunition in the process. Unbeknown to the flotilla, the Japanese had already established a beach head on the Island west of the Sugar Refinery at North Point.
Guns to the left, guns to the right, guns to the front and cannon from above, on they sped into the fiery jaws of the oriental dragon itself. This was the maritime equivalent of the charge of the light brigade in the Crimea.
Lt Ronnie Ashby whose family motto was "Be Just and Fear Naught" led the flotilla with Jix Prest & Buddy Hide at the controls of MTB 07. Pressing home the attack under withering fire from land, sea, and air, they suffered heavy losses in the process. Only three MTB's survived to limp back and come alongside HMS Robin in Aberdeen. Lt Kennedy on MTB "09" towed the stricken "07", peppered with 97 holes and two dead bodies in the engine room, back to base. The flotilla had lost 40% of its attacking force. The attack was arguably the most daring daylight MTB attack of all time, and was referred to as The Balaclava of the Sea.by Coastal Forces world wide. They were hailed "The bravest of the brave."

Lt Kennedy RNVR: "MTB 11 returned alone from the harbour with her coxswain wounded. There was a long silent pause as we strained our ears to catch the sound of distant engines, but none came. It was a dark day for the flotilla, and for the whole island." [9]

The flotilla escaped with high ranking officials from battle HQ, and the legendary one legged Chinese Adm Chan Chak ROC from Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941 as the Colony surrendered to the overwhelming force of the Imperial Japanese Army.

PO Prest: "We travelled by cycles, lorries, junks, and donkeys, but mostly we walked. It was a case of march or die"

Buddy Hide: "On the whole, the moral, spirits, and courage of the party was magnificent. I think it was the shear thoughts of beating the Jap's, and the prospects of getting home after three years, some of us four years from home, that made us carry on."

Buddy Hide's wedding was one of 42 "service" weddings in Lewes during 1942 64

A total of forty two planes crashed in the Lewes district during the war, ten of which were German Luftwaffe 64

MTB 07, with PO's John Prest and Buddy Hide at the controls, under fire.  
	Photo from Hong Kong 1941-45 published by Osprey Publishing. 
	Illustration by Giuseppe Rava. 
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Buddy was the Chief Engineer SPO on MTB 7 during the battle for Hong Kong and subsequent escape of the 2nd MTB Flotilla






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The contents of this web site led to a considerable number of escapee families contacting me and now each other, and remains the principle source of contact and private information for the spin off projects that have followed. The personal accounts enabled me to record the complete and true account of this remarkable episode of Sino-British war time co-operation. The information compiled here has directly resulted in a museum exhibition in Hong Kong, a re-enactment of the escape in Hong Kong and China, with a movie drama and documentary in the making.

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