One Soldier's Story 1939-1945: From the Fall of Hong Kong to the Defeat of Japan

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Copyright © George S. MacDonell, 2002

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MacDonell, George S.
   One soldier‘s story : from the fall of Hong Kong to the defeat of the Japanese / George S. MacDonell.

ISBN 1-55002-408-6

1. MacDonell, George S. 2. World War, 1939–1945--Personal narratives, Canadian. 3. World
War, 1939–1945 — Campaigns — China — Hong Kong. 4. World War, 1939–1945 — Prisoners
and prisons, Japanese. 5. Prisoners of war — Canada — Biography. I. Title.

D811.M2513 2002     940.54′8171     C2002-905049-9

1 2 3 4 5     06 05 04 03 02

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One Soldier's Story 1939-1945: From the Fall of Hong Kong to the Defeat of Japan
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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Table of Contents 9
  • Foreword 11
  • Preface 13
  • Acknowledgments 15
  • Introduction 17
  • Chapter One - Enlistment 19
  • Chapter Two - Wolseley Barracks — Boys’ Town 31
  • Chapter Three - The Royal Rifles 39
  • Chapter Four - Hong Kong — The Colony and Its Defences 65
  • Chapter Five - The Battle for Hong Kong 71
  • Chapter Six - Prisoner of War (1942–1945) 93
  • Chapter Seven - Japanese Surrender and Rescue 127
  • Chapter Eight - Going Home 151
  • Chapter Nine - Back to School 163
  • Chapter Ten - The Transition 183
  • Epilogue 199
  • Bibliography 201
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