78 years ago: Hong Kong's wartime diaries

“Spring-cleaning whole Camp area”


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Mavis Xavier and Mrs Allen ((Probably wife of Charlie Allen)) lamenting ((both their husbands were POWs in Sham Shui Po)). Parcels to camp returned. Means husbands have gone, probably Japan.

Returning from town met Betty at Nee Kwoo's door in Tin Lok Lane. ((Who were they?)) Pressed me go in. Tiffin. Good. Says Louis Xavier and other Volunteers sent Formosa.

Fine, humid.

Rice grinding etc. took 5hrs of my time today. Not feeling so energetic of late. Pulse rate low.  

With Steve pm.

No news, a depressing day.

Reading book “South of the Sun” by Russell Owen. He talks of boredom, lassitude etc. after only eight months on the Southern Ice Barrier with 41 other men, plenty of food, cigs & drink. He’d have died long ago under these circumstances.

Spring cleaning everywhere as per Jap? order. 4hrs work.