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Royal Fleet Auxiliary Brown Ranger in Shanghai and Hong Kong

Updated on December 20, 2014

Photographs from the personal collection of my Grandfather, Lieutenant Joseph L. Guerin, during his service aboard RFA Brown Ranger in the Pacific and South China Sea in 1945-46. There is a companion page which focuses on Hong Kong city, Kowloon, and some of the surrounding sights.

RFA Brown Ranger gun crews, Pacific, 1945

Gun crew, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Brown Ranger, Pacific, 1945
Gun crew, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Brown Ranger, Pacific, 1945
20mm Oerlikon cannon and crewman, RFA Brown Ranger, Pacific, 1945
20mm Oerlikon cannon and crewman, RFA Brown Ranger, Pacific, 1945
Gun crew rating with grass skirt(!), Pacific, 1945
Gun crew rating with grass skirt(!), Pacific, 1945

Associated ships

H.M.S. Belfast at Whang-Poo River, Shanghai, China, 1945
H.M.S. Belfast at Whang-Poo River, Shanghai, China, 1945
HM Troop Transport Arawa , Shanghai, 1945
HM Troop Transport Arawa , Shanghai, 1945
HM Hospital Ship Empire Clyde, Shanghai, 1945
HM Hospital Ship Empire Clyde, Shanghai, 1945
HMS Bermuda, Hong Kong, April 1946
HMS Bermuda, Hong Kong, April 1946

My Grandfather and his shipmates

Joseph Liam Guerin (left) and John Geddes (right), Shanghai, October 1945, Wireless and Gunnery Officer and Engineering Officer, respectively, aboard Brown Ranger
Joseph Liam Guerin (left) and John Geddes (right), Shanghai, October 1945, Wireless and Gunnery Officer and Engineering Officer, respectively, aboard Brown Ranger
Beattie, Electrical Engineering Officer aboard Bown Ranger
Beattie, Electrical Engineering Officer aboard Bown Ranger
Archibald, Engineering Officer aboard Brown Ranger
Archibald, Engineering Officer aboard Brown Ranger
John Geddes, Engineering Officer, Brown Ranger, alongside HMS Bermuda in Hong Kong, April 1946
John Geddes, Engineering Officer, Brown Ranger, alongside HMS Bermuda in Hong Kong, April 1946
Unknown Engineering Officer, RFA Brown Ranger, Shanghai 1945
Unknown Engineering Officer, RFA Brown Ranger, Shanghai 1945

APC barge, Shanghai, 1945, seeing off repatriated British PoWs, J.L. Guerin in command (x marked)

My Grandfather's first and last command. APC Barge, APC Wharf, Huming (?) Shanghai, setting off fireworks to see off repatriated British PoWs
My Grandfather's first and last command. APC Barge, APC Wharf, Huming (?) Shanghai, setting off fireworks to see off repatriated British PoWs

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I grew up in the WWII period andmany relatives and family friends were in the Navy. This includes my brother, my sisters boyfriends and later, her husband. My cousins were also navy people.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      I enjoyed the photos very much. An important time period in world history.

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      ManipledMutineer 2 years ago

      Many thanks to both of you for your kind comments; I made a brief stay with my Grandfather overnight and he showed me an album full of photographs which I had never seen, so I thought it would be a nice idea to make a page out of them and share them a bit more widely.

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