Robert Emmet FARRELL [c.1898-????]
Statement by Robert Emmet Farrell, aged 45 years, dated 25.10.1943.
At the time hostilities broke out in Hong Kong, I was chief engineer in the Hong Kong Telephone Co Ltd. I was also a member of the HKVDC, but I was instructed to remain in my position with the Hongkong Telephone Company as the telephone service came under the army. When hostilities ceased I was interned for three months after which I was released on the grounds of being an Irish Free State subject and honorary Spanish Consul for Hong Kong.
I left Hong Kong for Macao on about 13th November 1942, together with my wife and family after discovering that it was possible to obtain a pass and that Mr Reeves, the Consul General in Macao, was prepared to finance me.
After being informed by Mr Reeves that my company wished me to leave for London, I eventually left Macao by junk with my wife and family for Free China where we contacted Capt F W Wright of the British Army Aid Group who arranged for our onward journey to Kweilin.