The diary of Gunner August Joyce Halden,
Royal Marine Artillery
A.J. Halden in 1914
Covering December 1903 to August 1906
& scrapbook submitted by his grandson, Paul Lloyd and transcribed by
RNRA volunteer Terry Rowan
The diary begins at RM Barracks, Eastney and
derails ports of call & travels from December 22nd
1903, In H.M.S. KING ALFRED, GLORY, ALACRITY &
DIADEM, Taking passage to Hong Kong in the KING
ALFRED he then joined the GLORY for service on the
There are three Acrobat files available, the
original scans of the diary, the transcribed version
and a scrapbook compiled by another crew member and
given to Gunner Halden.
Beware! some of the photos in the
scrapbook show the brutal nature of life in China at
the start of the 20th Century, including exacted
criminals and battlefield dead.
Some of the Marine detachment H.M.S.
landed on Stonecutter's Island, Hong
Kong April 1906.
Gunner Halden is in the lower image,
laid down at the front on the right.
Photo: Mr. Paul Lloyd
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