History of the 1st HMS Kelantan Deep-Sea Rover Scout Crew
14th October 1945
by R.S.L. A. J. CLARKE.
Following our previous outing we again went for a tour of the Island, this time in a three-ton truck which, in view of the warm weather was much more pleasant than the bus. This time we made a more extensive tour, returning to “Pioneer” Bay for a swim after marking several beaches for future exploration. Once again we enjoyed relay races on the beach where the Chinese Scouters proved their athletic ability by giving us a good run for our money.
Once more the question of a Den was brought up and our attempts to get back to our peace-time Den met with little success. We decided to approach the Fleet Chaplain, to see if he could help us and I arranged to meet Fred Yates during the week. Many new faces were seen and welcomed this week and “Pioneer” and “Kelantan” Crews were becoming old friends. We returned to the ship by 1800 hours, having gone ashore in D.S.S. uniform.
Several D.S.S. from “Pioneer” and Chinese Scouters were met by members of our Crew at the China Fleet Club on Sunday for the purpose of an outing on the other side of the Island. The R.S.L. of “Pioneer” had managed to get an old bus from somewhere in Hong Kong and about thirty of us took our seats ( or stood ) and prepared for our run round to the other side. We passed through rather delightful country, up winding roads and hairpin bends until we arrived at a small bay not far from Stanley Bay and afterwards named “Pioneer Bay”. Here we enjoyed swimming amidst ideal surroundings and in clear, cool water for about an hour or more, followed by a light snack and then games with the Chinese chaps which were very much enjoyed by all. This outing was the foundation of a lasting friendship with our Chinese Brother Scouts. I discussed the possibility of a Den in Hong Kong for D.S.S. of the Fleet and the R.S.L. of “Pioneer” decided we should get together and see what could be done.
Members of D.S.S. present included
|A.J.CLARKE||R.S.L. “KELANTAN”||F. YATES||R.S.L.”PIONEER”|
|JOHNNY WESTBURY||do||L. LAUNDERS||do|
|GORDON MAUDE||do||KEN DIXON||do|
|JOCK FRASER||do||VIC SEARLE||do|
|BOGEY HARRIS||do||E.A. NEWTON||R.A.M.C.|
and many Chinese Scouters.