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Chinese escaping to mainland China in 1942

My mother, 6 month old sister and grandmother moved to Mongkok in 1939 from Toishan. They fled back to their village in Jan 1942 shortly after the British surrender of the Battle of Hong Kong. Does anyone have any knowledge of what it would have been like, first hand or otherwise, to undertake this escape?

An account of Hong Kong leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1941

"A Voyage to War: An Englishmans's Account of Hong Kong 1936-41" by Hugh Dulley

A brief description of the book:-

Hugh Dulley’s father (Peter Dulley) and mother (Therese Sander) met in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve 1935. Four years later at the outbreak of war, Peter, a weekend sailor, was called up in the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He eventually graduated to command an ocean-going tug of 500 tons from Hong Kong to Aden. En route he called at islands still enjoying pre-war peacetime and navigated across the Indian Ocean using a sextant.

Parapet firing pits // Ruins on Shouson Hill [c.1940- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1940-11-30 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 

I was doing some extensive exploring today and just generally checking out some areas when I came upon a cool find. After wandering up some gutters to the top of the ridge above the first bend on Deep Water Dr. I came accross a couple distinct pits/embankments (which I strongly believe to be firing pits) , and the ruin of an unidentified structure.

Winnipeg Grenadiers HQ [c.1935-c.1949]

Date Place completed: 
c.1935-11-30 (Year is approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1949-11-30 (Year is approximate)

The current site of the Hong Kong Tennis Centre on Wong Nai Chung Gap.  This site was mentioned as being adjacent to West Brigade HQ, in multiple sources such as not the slightest chance. It is described as the Winnipeg Grenadier's Original HQ, at the time of the Battle of Wong Nai Chung Gap, it was manned by HQ staff and attachements, as well as a company (D if i am correct) of grenadiers.   It is possible that the NCO bunker (  http://gwulo.com/node/32842  ) was part of this complex.

Japanese troops of the 10th Independent artillery brigade attack North Point. 1941

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
Places shown in this photo: 

From Wikimedia:

Japanese Army attacked North Point
The chimneys belong to North Point Power Station, Date 1941
Source booklet of "The Battle of Hong Kong- Hong Kong under the camera of the Japanese Army" Exhibition, Hong Kong Museum of History, 2002
Author Mainichi Newpaper, Japan

This work is in the public domain in Hong Kong.

Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Bunker Ruin? [c.1938- ]

Date Place completed: 
c.1938-11-30 (Year is approximate)

Just before the gate at the end of Pok Fu Lam Reservoir, next to the Watchman's Cottage, is a partially destroyed bunker along the very side of the road. It seems fairly isolated, but not far from the other previously cited bunkers         ( http://gwulo.com/node/4337 ) and a pillbox (  http://gwulo.com/node/13192  ). It somewhat resembles the bunkers mentioned and possibly a Type 2? splinter proof shelter.

John LAWSON [1886-1941]

Birthplace (town, state): 
Hull, East Yorkshire
Cause of death: 
Killed in Action during Battle of Wong Nai Chung Gap

John K. Lawson was born in 1886 in Hull, England and moved to Edmonton, Canada in 1914. He enlisted for service in WWI, and was assigned to the 9th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and mentioned in two dispatches. During the war, he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer and by the end of the war was a Captain. He participated in multiple battles such as The Somme and Passechendaele. 

Birthplace (country): 

Wong Nai Chung Gap tea house

Wong Nai Chung Gap tea house

What is the significance of this building? It showed up in the beginning of the Youtube video recommended by Craig. When I walked by last fall, there were strewn chairs and tables (I can't tell from which era but definitely more recent than the 40's) and the place looked hastily abandoned. Does anyone know more about it?
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