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It Won’t Be Long Now: The Diary of a Hong Kong Prisoner of War

Japan marched into Hong Kong at the outbreak of the Pacific War on December 8, 1941. On the same day, Graham Heywood was captured by the invading Japanese near the border while carrying out duties for the Royal Observatory. He was held at various places in the New Territories before being transported to the military Prisoner-of-War camp in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. The Japanese refused to allow Heywood and his colleague Leonard Starbuck to join the civilians at the Stanley internment camp.

Chinese Pass, 1852

Name: Chinese Pass, 1852.

Location: Wisconsin Historical Society Archives – Main Stacks (Reading Room) File 1852 May MAD 4 /14/File 1852 May.

Summary: Chinese pass to the American ship Far West, William A. Briard, commander, Canton, China, May 1852, written in Chinese.

Notes: Presented June, 1868.

Diary of Ida Andrews Levinge 1941-1945. Hong Kong and Stanley Camp.

Ida Florence Andrews- Levinge 1892-1965

Nurse, Prisoner of War and West Sussex resident.


Ida Andrews- Levinge (nee Levinge) was born and spent her youth on the edge of Lough Ree, near Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland.


Lt Laurence Kilbee was in command of MTB 08, Motor Torpedo Boat 08, during the short 19 days of the war in HK. The diary was buried before capture and retrieved after the war, during which he was a POW at Argyle Street Camp for 3 and three quarter years.

Memories of a Japanese Internment Camp

Margaret E. Jay describes her experiences in the Stanley Internment Camp during WWII in Hong Kong.



By Margaret E. Jay (Martin)

The Diary of Mrs Grace Smith - the blind lady of Stanley Internment Camp

This is part of the story of Mrs Grace Smith (John Anton-Smith's grandmother), a blind lady who was brought from the UK to Hong Kong to be looked after by her son, Raymond. He employed a lady known only as Chan, who became a devoted companion, to drive her around and otherwise see to her needs. John inherited this battered little diary, measuring only 6cm x 8cm, in which Grace, with the help of an unknown scribe, recounted various events during her time in Stanley Internment Camp.

Memories of my childhood years in Hong Kong, 1947-1951

In this week's newsletter, guest author Celia Hicks remembers her childhood years in Hong Kong. Celia has provided several family photos, and I've added in extra photos from the Gwulo website where they match the story.

I arrived in Hong Kong in 1947 as a six-year old with my mother Winifred Alice Collins and older sister Sheila on the troop ship Dunera to join my Dad who had been posted to HK by the Admiralty after the Japanese surrender. He had travelled out via Malta in 1946 and must have seen the devastation caused to the island by German bombing raids. Malta had been crucial in being a supply and repair location for the Allied war efforts. It has been said that Malta received more bombs than London suffered in the blitz. It survived, which is why its Government was presented with the George Cross by King George VI.

My father, George C. S. Collins, had travelled out on the aircraft carrier Ocean to become the Superintendent of Gyro Compasses for the Far East, based at the HK Dockyard. At that time, we had a large Navy as did the Americans.

HMS Ocean

HMS Ocean, by Celia Hicks


On arrival he joined other men at The Cecil Hotel where rats visited the rooms at night! Also

My Beautiful Island

Subtitle: "From England to New Zealand via Hong Kong and a War".

Featuring first-hand accounts of -

- Flying from England to Hong Kong in 1938 by Imperial Airways flying boat in 6 days,

- Working for Cyril (Ginger) Rogers of the Chinese Currency Stabilisation Fund,

- Expatriate life in Hong Kong 1938 - 1941 including yachting, climbing, parties,

Nostalgic Journey and Reflections

Part 1 My Childhood and Teen Years - Guangzhou and Hong Kong 

1.0 Preface


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