28 Nov 1943, Diary of George Gerrard in Stanley Internment Camp Hong Kong

Submitted by Alison Gerrard on Wed, 04/17/2019 - 20:22

Bad news today George Rodger died this morning between 5 and 6am: He had been in hospital for 10 days but we never worried as his condition was not serious. What happened was that one day about 2 weeks ago he woke up and found his face swollen and puffed up. Then the tummy started to swell as well as his legs especially thighs.

He consulted the doctor who diagnosed his trouble as due to kidneys, actually he developed acute nephritis and cardiac beri beri. and must have had a very hard fight on Saturday night and early this morning. Convulsions developed as well. It was a terrific shock to us all when H. Smith first brought us the news ((probably Hugh Smith, a Taikoo employee like G Gerard)). It all seemed to be so impossible. The funeral took place at 6pm tonight, I with 5 other members of the Football Club were the pall bearers.

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