1st Inniskillings depart India, 1947

Thursday, 7 August, 1947
Marching through Lahore

One week before Independence Day, on 7 August 1947, the 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers boarded HMT Devonshire in Madras and sailed for Hong Kong, calling at Rangoon and Singapore, before arriving on 21 August 1947. Three companies were deployed to Kowloon while Battalion Headquarters and the remainder of the Battalion was based in Murray Barracks on Hong Kong Island.

By the end of 1947, the Battalion was concentrated on the mainland area known as the New Territories, returning to Hong Kong Island in February 1948. The Battalion's next move would be away from the peacetime garrison duties in Hong Kong to anti-guerrilla operations during the Malayan Emergency.