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Eric MacNider's wartime diary

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Mon, 1941-12-08 to Thu, 1945-08-30

Introduction

Eric MacNider wrote this diary to record his time in Stanley. Each day is given one line of a notebook, so the entries tend to be brief.

He was very thorough at recording details of:

  • Births, deaths, and marriages
  • Entertainments put on by the internees, often with a cast list
  • Sunday church services, listing the priest(s) taking the services that day, and the title of their sermon.

Abbreviations used in this diary

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Journal of Lt. Donald W. Kerr

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Fri, 1944-02-11 to Fri, 1944-03-31

Thanks to Donald's son David for sharing these extracts from his father's journal. David writes:

On February 11, 1944, Lt. Donald W. Kerr of the 32nd Fighter Squadron of the 3rd Fighter Group of the United States Army 14th Air Force, Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW), was shot down over Hong Kong.  These are extracts of his journal describing his rescue by the people of Hong Kong, the East River Column, and the British Army Aid Group (BAAG)

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Childhood memories of 1920s Hong Kong

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Sat, 1927-01-01 to Tue, 1929-12-31

Barbara Anslow remembers her childhood in Hong Kong in the 1920s:

1927 - Sailing to Hong Kong with the P & O

Nothing in our village life in Crombie, Scotland had prepared us for the enthralling new world we were entering when we trooped up the gangway on to R.M.S. 'Rawalpindi' [1]. The Redwood family were setting off to Hong Kong where my Dad, an Electrical Engineer, was to work in the Naval Dockyard. Mum was 32, Dad 35, sister Olive 11, Mabel 4, and I was 8.

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Tom Hutchinson's Wartime Diary

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Sun, 1943-08-08 to Fri, 1944-12-29

Introduction

Tom Hutchinson and family c1937

The Hutchinsons: Sarah, Girlie, James, Bea, Tom, c1937

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Notes on the life of Hugh Blackwell Layard Dowbiggin

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Mon, 1945-09-03 to Tue, 1945-10-23

Jane Hersimenko has been documenting the life of her grandfather, Hugh Blackwell Layard Dowbiggin. Thanks to Jane for sharing her family history with us.

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Harry Ching's wartime diary

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Mon, 1941-12-08 to Thu, 1945-08-30

This diary has kindly been supplied by Harry's son, Henry Ching.

Henry notes that his father's written notes are a mixture of:

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Laura B Ziegler's wartime memories

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Tue, 1941-12-02 to Fri, 1942-01-23

Thank you to Laura L Darnell (nee Ziegler) for sending us the following:

David, Maybe you can use some of this material in your digest. It is copy and pasted from my book "Send Me! Send Me!" These first two short letters are interesting as far as our nice "hotels", then it starts in Nov 1941.

Laura

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Sheridan's Escape - His Own Account

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Fri, 1941-12-26 to Sun, 1942-06-07

Staff-Sergeant Patrick John Sheridan was a Royal Army Service Corps baker who, alongside the rest of the garrison, was taken prisoner when Hong Kong surrendered on December 25, 1941. An unlikely set of circumstances presented him with the chance to escape, a chance he seized with courage and determination. He left Hong Kong on June 4, 1942 arriving in Free China on June 7th. He was awarded the Military Medal for this exploit:

http://www.hut-six.co.uk/WW2data/WO373-62-U.html

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Charles Mycock's report of his wartime experiences

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Tue, 1941-12-09 to Wed, 1942-01-21

Lee Hunter, Charles Mycock's granddaughter, has very kindly sent this copy of the report Mycock gave in New Zealand. She notes "This report is dated 15th. November 1945 and was taken from my grandfather by Detective Hedwig of the New Zealand Police. I have copied it verbatim."


Charles Mycock states:-

I am at present a patient in the Hutt Public Hospital and my future address will be c/o 4 Sandrock Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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Sheridan's diary of the hostilities

Dates of events covered by this document: 
Sat, 1941-12-06 to Fri, 1941-12-26

Staff-Sergeant Patrick John Sheridan was a Royal Army Service Corps Master Baker who was stationed in Hong Kong from 1937 (with a break when he volunteered for a period in Shanghai). He served during the December hostilities but was not sent to Shamshuipo after the surrender; instead he was allowed to carry on baking for the hospitals.

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