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Japanese Tunnel Tai Tam Reservoir [c.1942- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1942-11-30 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

Learned about it from a few online sources, also Mr. Cracknells blog as I recall. Went and looked through it this summer. Figured I would add it here. It is reasonably long, going through a ridge I think, 2 exits and a somewhat long side tunnel as I remember. One exit overlooks the reservoir. 

The main access point is right off the staircase leading up from the crossroads of Mt. Parker road/Boa vista track. it is only about 50 or so meters up the staircase just past a power station. The entrance is large and obvious.

Japanese Tunnel Pok Fu Lam Reservoir (Below PB) [c.1942- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1942-11-30 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)

A single tunnel extending into hillside. Entrance is largely silted up but it opens up a bit and extends sloping up into hillside, could be more entrances around. North-West of the PB around 30 meters or so. It is along a ravine next to a pipe line running down from the edge of the covered reservoir area toward HKU buildings.

Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials Collection

In 2008, the HK goverment funded a project to research Hong Kong’s War Crimes Trials conducted in the years 1946-1948. A total of 46 cases with 123 accused persons were studied. An overwiew of this project can be found here.

Of special interest might be the case WO235/1012:

In this case five Japanese officers were charged to have committed war crimes:

Dr. Shunkishi Saito

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 

From the&n

Colonel Tokunaga

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Colonel Esao Tokunaga, held as a war criminal at Stanley Jail, Hong Kong. Tokunaga had been in charge of all prisoner of war camps in the Hong Kong area.

Date not specified, probably end of 1945.

Wong Nai Chung Gap, View on Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 1930

Charles Gesner van der Voort had started his career in Rotterdam, at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC). In 1938, he went to Shanghai for the firm. The Japanese interned him, and most other Dutch nationals, from 1943-45. In camp, he met his wife Nancy and they married after the war. After a leave in The Netherlands, they returned to the Orient, where Charles continued to work for HCHC in Hong Kong.

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Shan Tsui Battery [1945- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1945-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Shau Tsui Battery - Location
Shau Tsui Battery - Location, by

Charles in Shanghai cover

Charles Gesner van der Voort worked in Shanghai for Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC), which had offices in Hong Kong and Tientsin (Tianjin) also. I am preparing a book about Charles and his friends. While doing research for the book, many people contributed photos, several of which can be found on Flickr. Quite a few photos relate to Hong Kong, from the 1900s to 1930s. Please enjoy and I look forward to your comments and additional information you may have. 

Pieter Lommerse

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WWII Tai Mo Shan Japanese AA Gun Sites (3 of 3) [c.1943- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1943-01-01 (Year is approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1945-01-01 (Year is approximate)

Location is approximate and more or less fit the markers stated in this 


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