The first batch of residents move into Rosary Hill Red Cross Home.
Most but not all of the people who live here will be 'dependents' of British Prisoners of War and civilian internees - the group that consistently causes the Red Cross the most difficulties.
Life here will be spartan and rather regimented. It will not suit everyone - one nickname is 'Rosary Hell' - and to make matters worse the Home will be riven by disputes among the staff which lead to bitter feuds and resignations. But it's hard to see any obviously better form of care given the chronic inflation of wartime Hong Kong - which will eventually force Rudolf Zindel to ship most of the home's residents to Macao.