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

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Chapter Four
Hong Kong — The Colony and Its Defences

Hong Kong is located on an island 90 miles south of Canton, just off the Chinese mainland. The island of Hong Kong is 11 miles long and an average of 3 miles wide, consisting of an area of about 29 square miles in total. It was occupied by the British in 1841 and had been ruled by a British governor backed by the British army for a hundred years before we arrived in Hong Kong. It is situated below the Tropic of Cancer and is subtropical. The summer months are hot and humid; the winter months are somewhat cooler. Topographically, Hong Kong island is characterized by steep, granite mountains that rise abruptly from the sea, the highest of which rises 1,800 feet above sea level. There is virtually no flat land anywhere on the island and the city of Victoria is on the northern slope of these mountains. Hong Kong has one two-lane highway that circles the island at sea level.

Hong Kong Harbour, between the cities of Victoria and Kowloon on the mainland, is one of the finest natural harbours in

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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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