When war arrived on 8th December, 1941, Heywood was working at the Observatory on Nathan Road. Heywood set off with a colleague to the New Territories to collect several instruments. Instead he was captured by the Japanese, and began three years and eight months of life as a prisoner of war.
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.
On 26 August 1939 Fred Woodhead set sail from Southampton to Hong Kong on the Viceroy of India together with a number of other "Crown Agents" who were members of the Hong Kong Police. After the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941 he was imprisoned in Sham Shui Po POW Camp. He was on the Lisbon Maru on 1 October 1942 when it was torpedoed and sunk by US submarine Grouper. Fred survived and was then transferred to Osaka Camp #1, where he remained for the duration of the war. He returned to the UK after his release and married his finacee, Miss Jeannie Smith, 3 weeks lat <Read more ...>