70 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries
- Submitted by barbaramerchant on Sun, 2013-09-15 18:04Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Thu, 19 Oct 1944 to Fri, 27 Oct 1944
- Submitted by brianwindsoredgar on Sat, 2013-11-23 18:23Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Thu, 19 Oct 1944
As 1944 drags on, it gets harder and harder to tolerate the foibles of the other internees.
George Wright-Nooth writes in his diary:
The Fomosan guard...offered cigarettes for sale at MY30 ((thirty Japanese Military Yuan)) a packet...there were some raving idiots who bought them but, foolish as this is, it is better than the bare-faced degraded begging - it makes me sick to see it - of cigarettes from the guards. It is always the same people who do it; they are like a lot of Chinese beggars with outstretched, clutching hands. The guards, rightly so, treat them with contempt and when they have grovelled enough they may get a cigarette among four or five.
George Wright-Nooth, Prisoner of he Turnip Heads, 1994, 191
- Submitted by Admin on Mon, 2014-11-24 19:06Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Thu, 19 Oct 1944
Fine, warm, NE wind.
Cookhouse construction & woodchopping.
Jap plane activity all day.
Lorry arrived with veg 3.45pm.
Their paper cracks up their Taiwan “victory”. Canton & Swatow raided 17th. Manila & Taiwan heavily raided, both at same time from same task force 17th. 6 planes supposed to have been brought down from our raiders on Monday. Aberdeen 200 junks sunk & damaged. HK 7000 killed.
Formosan guard reckon on leaving HK next month. Japs shipping arms & ammo back to Japan.
With Steve pm.
Mary lent me Y20 & gave me 7 cigs.
- Submitted by Admin on Mon, 2016-09-05 12:28