Edgar Martin LAUFER [1915-2010]
Edgar Laufer was a chemist by training who fled to Hong Kong when the Japanese attacked southern China in 1938. He was employed by China Light and Power.
He joined the Volunteers but was quickly transferred by his manager to the Essential Sevices Corps in which he served during the hostilities.
He was not interned in January 1942 presumably because he was needed to help restore Hong Kong's electricity supply.
Working with Dr. Selwyn-Clarke, he smuggled vitamins in toothpaste tubes into Shamshuipo and Argyle Street POW Camps, and managed to obtain a complete list of Volunteers in these camps.
He eventually escaped to Macao, where he lived by giving maths lectures and borrowing from the British Consul, John Reeves. After the war, he returned to work for CLP, and paid off his debts to the Macao Consulate.
He retired to Dorset.
Interview with Lauffer 16-03-2007, held at the Hong Kong Heritage Project