George MERRIMAN [1901-1969]
I'm new to the forum, but have been enjoying the site for several weeks.
I'm researching the activities of my father, George Merriman, who was interned in Stanley from the fall of HK until liberation. He told us very little of his memories, probably because he was Deputy Head of Station for Hong Kong MI6, serving under Alec Summers. He would have felt restrained by the Official Secrets Act, I suspect. (I met Alec Summers when he came to NZ to visit Dad in about 1960...)
He confided some stories to our Mum, who later passed them on to us, but it is, at best, a sketchy framework.
I've just finished reading George Wright-Nooth's account of Stanley, where several references to Dad appear. At the end of June 1943 he and Summers escaped arrest by bluff and luck, then buried their radio - I have a vague memory from something Dad said that it was later recovered and used again. I have no facts to support this, so will watch with close interest the ongoing transcription of R.E. Jones's diary for indications that news was reaching camp in later 1943 or 1944.
Dad survived - just - with beriberi and severely impaired eyesight, in his later life becoming almost totally blind. He was evacuated to Wellington, to Hutt Hospital, and there met my mum, a house-surgeon. After his repatriation to England, she worked her passage as a ship's doctor to join him in London, where I was later born. The family emigrated to NZ in the early 50's.
So if anyone in the forum can give me any further information, I'd be delighted to hear from you...:)