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Kentwell L. K.-January 1942

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Kentwell L. K.-January 1942

Who was L.K. Kentwell that made the Japanese approach him to lead a puppet government in Hong Kong? Highlighted in above 1942 newsprint

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Monday, January 12, 1942


Lawrence Klindt-Kentwell.

I've discussed him here:

He was a British Eurasian based in Shanghai who became pro-Japanese. One historian claims he became 'governor' of the Kowloon camps but I don't think there's any real evidence he ever did.

He had previously given himself a title suggesting authority over Hong Kong at a time when he was supporting Chinese nationalism and its claims for 'reversion' and this might have been the reason for the offer or the report of the offer.