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Escape from the Japanese

Published by Frontline Books, here's their introduction to the book:

Trapped in the depths of Japanese-held territory, it was rare for Allied prisoners of war to attempt escape. There was little chance of making contact with anti-guerrilla or underground organisations and no possibility of Europeans blending in with the local Asian populations. Failure, and recapture, meant execution. 

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John Bechtel's memories of Hong Kong

I was born in Matilda Hosp in 1939 and left HK on the last US ship before the Japanese invaded. My father spent the war in Stanley Camp.

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Annie Oakes Huntington

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Sat, 1885-07-11

Writing from Brockhurst on the Peak where her family is spending the summer.

From: Annie Oakes Huntington - age 10

(an American expat child whose father worked for Russell & Co.)

To Marion Richardson (in Boston)

Hong Kong July 11th 1885.

My dear Man:

I suppose you are down at Beverly and asleep while I am writing this letter. The Bay of Hong Kong is very pretty with mountains all around the Bay. We live about half up the peak so we get a lovely view. We live on Robinson Road,

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Personal Experiences of the War and Internment in Hong Kong

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Wed, 1941-01-01 to Mon, 1945-12-31

This document is courtesy of Carol Wheat, M F Key's Grand-neice. She writes:

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Father Biotteau's wartime diary

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Mon, 1941-12-08 to Thu, 1941-12-25

Here are some extracts of Father Biotteau’s diary. He was the procurator of the Society of Foreign Missions of Paris based in Pokfulam, with a unique view on Mount Davis during the battle. His testimony is in French but still quite relevant for those who can read it and want more details about what happened.

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Edith May (May) Guest's Account of Japanese invasion

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Mon, 1941-12-01 to Mon, 1945-12-31

Personal Account of the Japanese Invasion of Hong Kong by E.M. Guest.

Our home was on the Mainland, Kowloon, about 20 minutes by bus and 10/15 minutes by ferry from the Island of Hong Kong.

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The Survivors

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Sat, 1916-01-01 to Mon, 1945-12-31

I have just finished reading a fascinating book called 'The Survivors' by Diana Fortescue about her parents Tim and Margery Fortescue, who with their baby Adrian were interned in Stanley Internment Camp in Hong Kong 1942-45.

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Paul Atroshenko's childhood memories of wartime Hong Kong

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Fri, 1937-01-01 to Wed, 1947-01-01

The extracts from Paul's website are reproduced here with his permission. He writes:

Thanks to the Russian Revolution, a lot of Russians ended up like political shrapnel flung across the Far East. Hong Kong proved to be a great haven for many of them. Even during the Japanese Occupation, Russians were not interned because the Japanese avoided war with the Soviet Union; and all Russians, whatever their politics, were basically left alone.

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Events at the Repulse Bay Hotel

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Sun, 1941-12-07 to Fri, 1942-01-23

Kindly provided by Elizabeth Ride from her collection.

You can read the full document, "Report of Miss M Matheson, the Manager of the Repulse Bay Hotel, upon events at the Hotel from the outbreak of hostilities on December 8th until December 24th 1941.", at: http://gwulo.com/comment/31201#comment-31201

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Mary Unsworth's memoirs of life in Hong Kong

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Tue, 1895-01-01 to Mon, 1900-12-31
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