Major Arthur Goring; 11th King Edward's Own Lancers Probyn's Horse
Born 25th January 1907 Rugeley, Staffs
Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©
Major Goring was a staff officer in BHQ and upon hearing the plans for getting the Chinese Admiral Chan Chak and his staff of the Chinese Military Mission away, approached the GOC Maj-Gen Maltby for permission to escape which was granted along with three other staff officers. He then proceeded to organise the escape plan involving the 2nd MTB Flotilla.
Father: Major Alan Goring from Northurst near Horsham (West Sussex)
Education: Cheltenham College at Christowe 1920-24 (following his elder brother)
Royal Military College, Sandhurst; Staff College (psc) (following his elder brother)
30/08/1936 Royal Fusiliers
24/03/1930 Transferred to Probyn's Horse, India
15/09/1934 ADC to General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command India
16/07/1940 General Staff Officer 3rd Grade (GSO 3) Directorate of Military operations & Intelligence, General Staff Branch, HQ staff of the army in India.
07/12/1941 Transferred to General Staff, Intelligence Hong Kong.
1954 Fruit Farm & Nursery at Dinoe Hill, Whimple, Devon
Supt Bill Robinson was drafted in from the Indian Intelligence Bureau at Delhi along with Major Arthur Goring and a Sikh Supt as part of the intelligence network on the rumored Sikh army mutiny and 5th columnists. They were empowered to act as they saw fit.
Goring along with Robinson escaped with Chan Chak's party and was onboard HMS Cornflower's launch which was shot up escaping from Aberdeen, they had to swim for their lives enduring non stop machine gun fire to the nearest island.. As the senior British military officer he assumed command over the naval officer and had instructed the helmsman to turn to port on exiting the pier taking them past Staunton Creek with the flimsy overloaded craft straight into the sights of the Japanese who had just occupied PB12 on the South West base of Brick hill.
Goring wrote an account of the escape in "The Wide World" magazine in 1949.
Back: Supt. Bill Robinson I.P., W. O. William M Wright HKRNVR, Capt. Peter Macmillan R. A.,Capt. Reginald Guest 1st Mdsx, Coxswain Yeung Chuen CN, Ted Ross MoI.
2nd: David MacDougall MoI, Admiral Chan Chak CN, Major Arthur Goring Probyn's Horse, Sq-Ldr. Max Oxford RAF
1st: Cadet Holgar Christiansen MN, Lt-Cmdr Heng Hsu (Henry) CN.
Photo from Ted Ross collection ©
Lt-Cmdr John Yorath R. N. (Rtrd, Major Arthur Goring Probyn's Horse, Police Supt Bill Robinson, Commander Hugh M Montague R. N. (Rtrd) [Senior Naval Officer Aberdeen, & the escape]
with Mrs Muriel Jones of the "Methodist Mission" wearing a Chinese
favor on her lapel, and Admiral Chan Chak's ADC Lt-Cmdr Hsu Heng (Henry) C. N.
Photo from Admiral Chan Chak's collection ©
The New Zealand Presbyterian Church Methodist Mission at Shaoguan was run by Mrs Jean Martin & her Irish born husband known by his Chinese name Mooi with a staff of
six missionaries and their wives. It was here that Goring was admitted to hospital with fever, and Admiral Chan Chak finally had the bullet
removed from his wrist by Dr S H Moore at the "Ho Sai" hospital. The Admiral kept the bullet and had it mounted on a gold chain which he wore from his left lapel. Admiral Chan Chak also had a blood transfusion here after his gastric ulcer flared up with Muriel's husband Peredur Jones donating his blood.
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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, a book published, with a movie drama and a documentary in the making.