70 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries

Shows diary entries from seventy-one years ago, using today's date in Hong Kong as the starting point. To see pages from earlier dates (they go back to 1 Dec 1941), choose the date below and click the 'Apply' button.
  • 30 Mar 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary

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    Fri, 30 Mar 1945

    Good Friday.

    Rumours:  we will get wong tong; and Japs expect hostilities within 4 hours.

    To play at 3.15pm, 'Behold Thy Mother'.

    Valerie Clark has chicken pox and is in hospital.

    Mrs Ashton-Hill has just heard that her husband died in Japan last September.

    We had a hot cross bun from hospital.

    Mum and I had remains of Carlton pudding in a fritter. (('Carlton pudding' was the name on one of the tins in the Red Cross parcels but I can't remember its contents!))

  • 30 Mar 1945, R. E. Jones Wartime diary

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    Fri, 30 Mar 1945

    Bright & warm.

    Fixed sun-blind for G & V.

    2 boxes matches Y7.60.

    Cleared out ex.lav. after the door had been taken for firewood.

    Lorry with Canteen gear.

    All news good. Argentine declared war on G & J. More troops landed in Luchu Is. Japs contradict Peace feelers. No E. war news.

    Plane around 9pm – 10pm S & E.

    Wood & blasting.

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