15 Aug 1943, W J Carrie's wartime diary
The weather has at last cleared up and it is hot and clear. A bunch of planes came over today, very high, but I think they were Japs as the Fort didn't fire at them. No news yet though we all think that repatriation is getting nearer - probably the Canadians will get away first - it doesn't matter if the boat brings us food. They have started a meatless day on top of our low rations - they just can't get the food, no one will sell for worthless paper Yen and ships take stuff to Macao instead where they are still paid in H.K. dollars.
The newspaper is obviously not giving us all the news but we can see that things are going well - Sicily nearly cleared up and Russia going strong. I think it will be over in Europe this year and another year or even only 6 months should finish Japan.
I had a blood count yesterday, quite good still 4,140,000 and Haemoglobin 82% - and then I had another injection - so I keep going. I'm very thin however - even Lin called me a scarecrow the other day and wondered how you'll like me!!
CheerO Honey - I'll fatten up quickly I'm afraid!
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