70 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries
- Submitted by Admin on Mon, 2012-04-09 15:55
- Submitted by brianwindsoredgar on Sun, 2014-03-16 17:20Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Sun, 16 Jul 1944
Henry Charles Macnamara, of Hong Kong University, dies of typhus in Tweed Bay Hospital.
In Camp he'd given lectures on commercial law.
Peter Cunich, A History of the University of Hong Kong, 2012, 408, 540.
Note: Geoffrey Emerson states he was a barrister.
- Submitted by Admin on Wed, 2014-06-04 12:51Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Sun, 16 Jul 1944
Wind veered to S. much rain in squalls. Warmer.
McNamara (KC) died.
Ground rice & chopped wood.
No paper today. Much optimism re position & progress of Russian front. Some fixing end of next month as time of collapse of German resistance.
Mary sent up a lovely tiffin for me. I must never forget the good turns they have done me.
With Steve pm.
- Submitted by Admin on Sun, 2016-07-03 12:39
- Submitted by JerkJi on Tue, 2016-07-05 17:49Book / Document:Date(s) of events described:Sun, 16 Jul 1944
Ralph Goodwin, a New Zealand naval officer had been a PoW since Dec 25, 1941. For two and a half years he always had escape in his mind, and in Sham Shui Po camp he had prepared for it. He realized that the location of this camp was the best he had ever had to make an escape. The proximity of the camp to the sea, meant that he could swim from the seawall, to a little habited part of the coast from where he could climb into the hills and make his way northwards to freedom.
"Sunday the 16th of July 1944 was just another day of pouring rain, without however, the usual display of lighting. In fact, when night fell, the rains came down with never a flash to break the darkness, a most unusual condition. Never before had there been such an opportunity."
He had to wait for midnight when the lights went out, and he prepared to pick up his pack with the escape supplies he had secreted away.
"Suddenly the lights went out and the camp was plunged into intense gloom"
All was ready and he prepared to leave without disturbing anyone.
"There would be interrogations on the morrow, and it was better that nothing should be known."