Osborn Barracks

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Osborn Barracks
Hong Kong
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Kowloon East Barracks
Osborn Barracks is located in Hong Kong
Osborn Barracks
Osborn Barracks
Location within Hong Kong
Coordinates 22°20′13″N 114°10′48″E / 22.337°N 114.180°E / 22.337; 114.180Coordinates: 22°20′13″N 114°10′48″E / 22.337°N 114.180°E / 22.337; 114.180
Type Barracks
Site history
Built 1945
Built for War Office
In use 1945-Present
Garrison information
Occupants People's Liberation Army

Osborn Barracks (Chinese: 奧士本軍營, now known as 九龍東軍營; "Kowloon East Barracks") was a British Army facility in Hong Kong. Located in the northern part of Kowloon on Waterloo Road and Junction Road (across the street from Hong Kong Baptist University.


The military facility was named for Canadian Army Company Sergeant Major John Robert Osborn of the Winnipeg Grenadiers. Osborn was a British-born Canadian who died defending Hong Kong in 1941. He was awarded the Victoria Cross[1] and a barracks in Hong Kong was named in his honour in 1945 after the liberation. Osborn is memorialised at Sai Wan War Cemetery[2] and with a statue in Hong Kong Park on Hong Kong Island.[3]

Part of the land of the Osborn Barracks (the east of Renfrew Road) was given to Hong Kong Baptist University for new campus development in early 1990s. After the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong the Osborn Barracks are used by the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong.[4]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37517. p. 1617. 29 March 1946. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "John Robert Osborn". Canadian War Memorial. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Not the slightest chance". Curious. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "How the Chinese military can help ease HK's land woes". EJ Insight. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 

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