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.
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