John Charter writes about Helen Ho's experiences during the war in his diary entry for 22 Aug 1945, the day that Helen and her sister Yvonne came in to Stanley Camp soon after the Japanese surrender:
My goodness, they have had a hellish time during the Japanese occupation. Quite different to ours. They have had much greater freedom of movement and better food (the better off people) but their nervous strain must have been ten times worse. They were always being watched. Helen Ho was followed about for 8 months on end! They did not attempt to disguise the fact that they were watching her and often someone would be sitting and watching their house until she came out and would then follow her. Yvonne said that often at night she would suddenly wake with a start at the passing of a motor car and think: “My goodness, is it stopping at my house?”
People were taken off for questioning without the slightest warning. She said that people were called up for questioning quite often for nothing that they themselves had said or done but merely because a friend had written to them from somewhere in the interior and used some such phrase as: “See you soon”. The Japs would then accuse them of trying to escape from HK without a permit and smuggling out information etc.
Frank Angus, who is Dr Selwyn-Clarke’s secretary and was working for a long time at Rosary Hill, says that Helen Ho was simply wonderful. The risks she ran in getting in drugs and medical stores were simply terrific. She was detained for questioning on more than one occasion and was put in prison for some months. Frank says that he thinks, when her story is written up, she will be given a decoration of some distinction. I do hope so. ((She received an OBE in 1946 for her services during the war.)) Some of the civilians have been just wonderful.
She was awarded the OBE in 1946. The entry in the London Gazette reads:
Miss Helen Ho, Auxiliary Nursing Service, Hong Kong. For services during the hostilities and Japanese occupation.