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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.
  • 18 Jul 1945, Barbara Anslow's diary

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    Wed, 18 Jul 1945

    We (Redwoods) ground all our dry rice this morning.

    Am still not hungry.

    Very brief letter from Uncle Harry  (my Dad's brother in Bath, Somerset), dated 15th January 1944. Two letters from Aunt Lily, one 31st December 1943, saying 'My best Christmas gift was your card. Happy to know you are so cheerful and busy.  Longing to see you.'   And one 8th March 1944 saying 'Hope you and girls are keeping fiit and cheerful as we.  Don't worry, everything going fine.  Just off to buy oranges.'

    Mum got contents of her Safe Deposit box.  ((This had been kept in H.K. & Shanghai Bank in town.  Now the Japs sent contents of boxes to owners in camp.  What a generous gesture  this was - having lost our home and all our possessions in the war - to receive treasured letters, policies, the last letter from my Dad before his death, certificates – including my L.G.S. Matric one, and a few snaps.))

    To lecture by Mr P.E. Witham on 'The Ledo Road between Assam and Burma.'

  • 18 Jul 1945, Eric MacNider's wartime diary

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    Wed, 18 Jul 1945

    B.M. at standstill

    600,000 catties firewood due by junk

    Bank deposit box papers handed to internees – NOT jewellery

  • 18 Jul 1945, R. E. Jones Wartime diary

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    Wed, 18 Jul 1945

    Cool E wind.

    Odd jobs am & fixed the other Rec. rm. form with seating.

    Rec. Dec ’43 with snap of them both from Marj.

    Pwd. box for C ∴ sehr hold. [very affectionate.]

    Wood squads detailed.

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