Sheridan's Escape - His Own Account | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Sheridan's Escape - His Own Account

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Dates of events covered by this document: 
Fri, 1941-12-26 to Sun, 1942-06-07

Staff-Sergeant Patrick John Sheridan was a Royal Army Service Corps baker who, alongside the rest of the garrison, was taken prisoner when Hong Kong surrendered on December 25, 1941. An unlikely set of circumstances presented him with the chance to escape, a chance he seized with courage and determination. He left Hong Kong on June 4, 1942 arriving in Free China on June 7th. He was awarded the Military Medal for this exploit:

Staff-Sergeant Sheridan’s daughter Helen Dodd, with the permission of her sisters, has very kindly allowed Gwulo to publish two substantial sets of extracts from a post-war Memoir in which he described his experiences in Hong Kong. His diary of the hostilities can be found here:


In this document we present edited extracts from those parts of the Memoir that describe his escape.