Christopher Meadows - Escape from Hong Kong


Christopher Meadows MTB 10 of the 2nd MTB Flotilla, Coastal Forces Hong Kong

L/Tel Christopher Meadows P/SSX21494 [MTB 10] (Belgrave, Leicester)

10 Dec 1919 - 4 Sept 1981

L/Tel Chris Meadows

Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©

Lt-Commander Gandy RN Recorded in his official report "A further member of MTB 10 crew I consider deserving of mention is Telegraphist Christopher Meadows P/SSX21494 for his efficiency in keeping his W/T set in order and his willingness to work long hours as necessary in the leaders boat where W/T and visual was heaviest."

Following the escape across China and Burma to Calcutta Meadows returned to Akyab in Burma on the Heinrich Jessen along with the other Telegraphists with Collingwood and Kennedy.

Lt Collingwood stayed behind in Akyab, eventually flying out from Chittagong to Calcutta on the 18th April. From there he went on to Ceylon before returning to the UK.

Chris along with the eight other remaining ratings in Akyab eventually left Bombay on 14th April and arrived back in the UK 1st June 1942.[2]

Lieutenant Commander Gandy R. N. (Rtrd) had prevailed against all the odds, and triumphed over adversity to deliver the crews of the flotilla back to the UK without loss of life or serious injury after evading capture and escaping from Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941.

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

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

It is unprecedented in the annuls of Royal Navy history, that an entire Flotilla company evaded capture to escape across an entire continent to fight another day.



MTB 10




Left: MTB 10 proceeding out of the Kowloon camber.
Royal Navy etiquette of the day required the flotilla leader to wear a darker colour without a Pennant number on the hull.







MTB 10 on patrol

Photo from Lt C.J. Collingwood's collection ©



MTB 10 laying off Stonecutters Island

Photo from Lt Ashby's collection©



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. 
	Click here for more information








Sub-Lt Brewer with Telegraphist Chris Meadows, Coxswain P.O. Prest, & Stoker P.O. Moore arriving in Shaoguan (Kukong) 6th january 1942

Chris wrote an account of events during the escape which is held at the Imperial War Museum (London)

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Chris married in Banham in Norfolk UK 13 Oct 1944

Survived by Ingrid & Christopher

Research and web publication by Buddy Hide Jnr ©

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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