Hashing began in December 1938 in Kuala Lumpur, when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion pattered after the traditional British Paper Chase or "Hare and Hounds", to rid themselves of the excesses of the weekend.
The original members included Albert Stephen Ignatius "G" Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennet, Eric Galvin and H.M. Doig
Gispert came up with the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where the men were billeted and ate their meals, also known as the "Hash House". Apart from the excitement of chasing the hare and finding the trail, harriers reaching the end of the trail would be rewarded with beer, ginger beer and cigarettes.
The Constitution of the Hash House Harriers is recorded on a club registration date 1950: 1. To promote physical fitness among our members 2. To get rid of weekend hangovers 3. To acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it in beer 4. To persuade the older members that they are not as old as they feel
Death & Re-Birth
Hashing was suspended during World War II after the invasion of Malaya, but was re-started in 1946, after the war with most of the original group, with the exception Gispert, who was sadly killed on 11 February 1942 during the Japanese invasion of Singapore, many Hash chapters commemorate this event with an annual Gispert Memorial Run.
A second group was founded in Italy in 1947, but the growth in new chapters remained slow until 1962, when a third chapter was founded in Singapore. The idea then spread throughout Malaysia during the 60s with chapters forming around the world. There are now over 2,000 clubs spread out over all seven Continents.