Barbara Petro was working at the American Consulate at the time of the Japanese attack of December 8, 1941. With the rest of the American diplomats and staff, she was held in a house just outside the boundaries of Stanley until just before the June/July repatriation, which she joined. Her husband had already escaped from Hong Kong, and it's believed she joined him in the USA.
In 1913 he joined the Chinese Maritime Customs, a service he remained with until the war.
During the December 1941 hostilities he was a volunteer driver taking first aid to both civilians and military. After the surrender, he continued as a driver for the uninterned medical and health workers so was never in Stanley.
He was repatriated on the Asama Maru/Gripsholm and resumed his work for the Chinese Nationalist authorities in Washington, D. C.