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

By George S. Macdonell | Go to book overview

Chapter Six
Prisoner of War (1942–1945)

Delivered at the last moment from death on the battlefield, we now faced an uncertain future and a new challenge — how to survive at the hands of our brutal captors.

On the 30th of December, we were marched across the island from Stanley to North Point, on the northeastern shore of the island. North Point had been a Chinese refugee centre before the war and was now to serve as our prison camp. Nearly four years of starvation, maltreatment, and torture were about to begin. As we marched from Stanley Fort to North Point Camp, our guards called a halt to the marching column near Lye Mun, very close to where the main Japanese force had come ashore. As we sat resting beside the road, a blood-stained covered, dishevelled figure tottered up and asked to join us. Where had he been? He told us he was a cook’s helper in the Royal Rifles and was working with Sergeant Cook Gary Cousins, preparing food at Lye Mun, when the Japanese invaders broke into their kitchen. All day

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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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