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Everything tagged "escaped from camp"

Walter Philip THOMPSON (aka Tommy) [1909-1978]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Thompson
Given: 
Walter Philip
Alias / nickname: 
Tommy
Birth
Date: 
1909-06-07
Birthplace (town, state): 
Tac Chow, Chekiang
Death
Date: 
1978-10-24

Walter Thompson was a Superintedent in the Hong Kong police when the Japanese attacked in December 1941.

He was wounded by shell fragments during the hostilities and interned in Stanley after the surrender. On the night of March 18, 1942 he began an escape with Gwen Priestwood. On their way to Chungking, they were helped by Chinese guerrillas, and Thompson decided to operate with them behind Japanese lines. He ended the war as a Lieutenant-Colonel.

 

Birthplace (country): 

Gwen PRIESTWOOD / NELSON (née FULLBROOK) [1917-2000]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Priestwood / Nelson
Given: 
Gwen
Maiden: 
Fullbrook
Birth
Date: 
c.1917-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
London
Death
Date: 
c.2000-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

Gwen Priestwood was supposed to be a nurse during the Japanese attack, but volunteered to drive a food supply lorry instead.

Soon after the surrender, she tried to escape with others but the plan came to nothing. She was interned in Stanley Camp with the rest of the Allied civilians, but on March 18, 1942 she began an escape with policeman W. P. Thompson. She carried with her to Chungking a complete list of British internees.

In 1944 she published an account of her experiences: Through Japanese Barbed-wire.

Source:

Birthplace (country): 

Benjamin Charles Albert PROULX (aka Benny) [1901-1985]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Proulx
Given: 
Benjamin Charles Albert
Alias / nickname: 
Benny
Birth
Date: 
1901-08-24
Birthplace (town, state): 
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Death
Date: 
1985-08-30
Cause of death: 
Heart Failure

Buried in Notre Dame cemetery Ottawa.

Author of "Underground From Hong Kong"

Birthplace (country): 

Ray O'NEIL [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
O'Neil
Given: 
Ray

Israel EPSTEIN [1915-2005]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Epstein
Given: 
Israel
Birth
Date: 
1915-04-20
Birthplace (town, state): 
Warsaw
Death
Date: 
2005-05-26

Details of birth & death from Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Epstein

Birthplace (country): 

MOSS [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Moss

F. W. WRIGHT (aka BAAG No. 41 / Shiner / Shinah) [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Wright
Given: 
F. W.
Alias / nickname: 
BAAG No. 41 / Shiner / Shinah

F W Wright was interned at Stanley, but escaped and went on to join the BAAG in China.

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