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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.
  • 1 Mar 1942, R. E. Jones Wartime diary

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    Sun, 1 Mar 1942

    Jap. Gov. came out to the Prison & no-one was allowed around.

    News for us apparently very good all round.

  • 1 Mar 1942, Harry Ching's wartime diary

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    Sun, 1 Mar 1942

    A memorable kai yim ((curfew)) lasted all afternoon. Nobody allowed to move; tram passengers sat for hours.

  • 01 Mar 1942, Eric MacNider's wartime diary

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    Sun, 1 Mar 1942

    Gates

    New block system of queueing

    Indoors 3 – 6p.m. Visit of Jap official to Stanley.

  • 01 Mar 1942, Barbara Anslow's diary

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    Sun, 1 Mar 1942

    Spotted dick but other food not so good.  Mum had bread ration instead of rice, she isn't too well.

  • 01 Mar 1942, INTERNED - DECEMBER 1941

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    Sun, 1 Mar 1942

    ((The following text is undated:))

    The garages were turned into kitchens to cook the rice and spoonful of vegetables we were allowed twice a day.  We were given firewood for cooking purposes, but no containers, so that dustbins and zinc baths had to be used.  Our food was served from these containers using a ladle, but rice sticks, and some were getting a good deal more than others, and with such great hunger, this could not be tolerated, so a utensil was found which would smooth off the top of the rice, giving everyone the same amount.  We collected hot water for drinking from the garage kitchens; a huge black kettle hung over a fire.  Carmen used to say "Break your head, but do not break the flask!"  (There was no means of replacing anything.)  When some bright spark put up a menu "Honeymoon Salad", we knew we were getting "lettuce alone"!

    Each of us was supposed to have received a Red Cross parcel, once a month, but we only received three over the three years and eight months that we were in the camp, as the Japanese did not recognise the Geneva Convention.  (It was quite astonishing what a difference those parcels made to the functioning of the body, as far as women were concerned.  The greater number had stopped having any periods and became enormously fat, but within a couple of days of receiving a Red Cross parcel, the periods returned.  For me, personally, my periods never stopped and I became very thin, weighing about five stone ten pounds.  I had to try to cope with the situation by cutting up flour sacks!)

  • 01 Mar 1942, W J Carrie's wartime diary

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    Sun, 1 Mar 1942

    Dearest - another month!  I see it's over a week since I have written.  My parcel has never turned up and I think it 's been pinched - I'm trying to find out.  I have no news Honeybun - it's just H - all the time - waiting wishing the time to pass - wishing one's life away!

    All my love always - Someday we'll make up for all this.
    Billie

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