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Tak Kwong LAU (aka 劉德光) [c.1905-1943]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Lau
Given: 
Tak Kwong
Alias / nickname: 
劉德光
Birth
Date: 
c.1905-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Death
Date: 
1943-10-29
Cause of death: 
Executed by the Japanese

Henry Ching writes in his Occasional Paper #33 that Lau Tak Kwong was one of the people executed by the Japanese on 29th October, 1943, together with his sister, Lau Tak Oi.

Here are the notes about him in the Japanese court martial documents:

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V. I. G. PETERSEN [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Petersen
Given: 
V. I. G.

Statement by Mr V I G Petersen, dated 30th September 1943:

I am a Danish subject and Resident of Hongkong since January 1938.  I was General Manager for the Far East of the following companies:

Insurance Co of North America, Philadelphia, USA.

Automobile Insurance Co of Hartford, Conn, USA.

General Insurance Co of Zurich, Switzerland.

World Auxiliary Insurance Co of London & Switzerland.

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A. W. DA ROZA [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
da Roza
Given: 
A. W.

Statement by Mr A W da Roza,  dated 1.10.1943.

I returned from Sydney in February 1941, and Mrs da Roza and my youngest son Peter arrived in Hongkong from Sydney in July 1941, after spending a year in Australia where our other three sons are being educated since 1937.

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Robert Emmet FARRELL [c.1898-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Farrell
Given: 
Robert Emmet
Birth
Date: 
c.1898-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Statement by Robert Emmet Farrell, aged 45 years, dated 25.10.1943.

At the time hostilities broke out in Hong Kong, I was chief engineer in the Hong Kong Telephone Co Ltd.  I was also a member of the HKVDC, but I was instructed to remain in my position with the Hongkong Telephone  Company as the telephone service came under the army.  When hostilities ceased I was interned for three months after which I was released on the grounds of being an Irish Free State subject and honorary Spanish Consul for Hong Kong.

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Wai Fan CHAN [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Chan
Given: 
Wai Fan

Chan Wai Fan: Formerly owner of a Beauty Parlour.  His shop ceased functioning after the hostilities and he became a broker .  He answered Tim Wong's call in June '42.  He was one of those who left HK for Waichow in Dec '42. He was then told to return to HK by CC [William Mok] and wait for instructions.  He later got a job inn the Whitfield Barracks as foreman of cooks.

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Yau HO [????- ]

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Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Ho
Given: 
Yau

Report of Japanese court-martial Oct. 1943:  Ho Yau worked on a fishing-boat near Shatin and about April 43 was urged by Lui Ka Yan to work with him.  Although he knew that this involved  engaging in activities on behalf of the enemy, he agreed, and between that time and June on ten to twenty different occasions carried some of the conspirators and their reports and funds.

Sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

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King Hung WU [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Wu
Given: 
King Hung

Abridged from a letter from Wu King Hung, 5.4.1949.

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Man WONG (aka 黃文) [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Wong
Given: 
Man
Alias / nickname: 
黃文
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George Vincent BROOM [1904-1983]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Broom
Given: 
George Vincent
Birth
Date: 
1904-04-17
Death
Date: 
c.1983-10-01 (Day is approximate)

From an audio tape by L T Ride:

‘A New Zealand engineer off a Hongkong-owned ship, probably chartered on war work when the Japs attacked Hongkong, got in touch with the authorities in India to see whether he could be given permission to go into China in order to find out whether it was possible to get his wife out from Hongkong.  Obviously she was not interned, and was therefore either Chinese or a third national.  He was willing to get leave from his company and spend it in China helping in any way he could.

‘This most unusual request was sent up to the Military Attache in Chungking, because this sort of thing had to be strictly controlled in order to ensure that it did not endanger any of our official operations.  It was cleared with our Advanced Headquarters, the husband came into China, and the wife was contacted by one of our agents.  This was achieved by sending the husband down into the forward area where personal messages could be exchanged between him and his wife in a relatively short time.  At the same time, I changed the escaping route from Waichow to Macau and Western Kwangtung so that if there had been any leakage of information the Japanese would not have been led to Waichow and any of our operations disclosed to them.

‘The operation was a complete success, and today there is, somewhere in New Zealand, a family that owes its integrity and happiness to the efficiency of B.A.A.G. agents and their organisation, to a trusting and brave wife, and a devoted husband.’ 


Extracts from a letter from Vincent Broom, May 1982:

‘… After escaping from Singapore … I joined one of my company's steamers as Chief Engineer.  At sea October 1942, [I] heard on the radio war news US planes had bombed the Hongkong Electric Power House not half a mile from our home, so decided that with limited funds I would try to make the family rescue.

‘On returning to Sydney at the end of an eight month trip I visited

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