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The diary of Gunner August Joyce Halden,
Royal Marine Artillery

A.J. Halden in 1914
A.J. Halden in 1914

Diary & scrapbook submitted by his grandson, Paul Lloyd and transcribed by RNRA volunteer Terry Rowan


The diary covers the period December 1903 to August 1906 and begins at RM Barracks, Eastney and derails ports of call & travels from December 22nd 1903, and his time aboard In H.M. Ships KING ALFRED, GLORY, ALACRITY & DIADEM, Passage to Hong Kong was in the KING ALFRED; he then joined the GLORY for service on the China Station.

The scrapbook is one of a pair, compiled by a fellow crewman, which came to be in Gunner Halden’s possession. 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.


Original journal

130 A5 pages scanned into an acrobat document


Journal transcript

Transcribed by a group of RNRA volunteers into a 76-page A4 acrobat document



47 page acrobat document



Some of the Marine detachment H.M.S. DIADEM

Some of the Marine detachment H.M.S. DIADEM 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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