Stanley Camp Internees

Submitted by Richard Horsburgh on Wed, 12/11/2019 - 17:00

Hello everyone. I am looking for pictures of the hotels on Des Voeux Rd where civilians rounded up by the Japanese forces in January 1942 were held prior to their removal to Stanley. I am particularly interested in the Tai Koon Hotel where my future mother-in-law Mavis Ming was incarcerated but pictures of any of these hotels would be fine. I have seen one such photo in the book Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945 by Geoffrey Charles Emerson but would like to get a clearer copy if possible.  Any assistance would be appreciated.  Richard Horsburgh

Hi, you could do a lot worse than have a look at George Wright-Nooth's account of the internment from his perspective as a senior HK Police officer during this period. This is contained in his book "Prisoner of the Turnipheads," written in the 1990's.

He covers the period when the internees were incarcerated in what were, by all accounts, rather squalid hotels (read "brothels") in Sheung Wan, before being interned in Stanley in early 1942.