US Navy We started out, but after 20 or 30 steps I had to stop. My breath became short, my heart pounded, and my legs gave way under me.
This page is updated monthly with a record of research and related activities. Pages on the left cover the books that have spun off from this project, and a listing of each and every member of the Garrison. Comments, questions, and information are always welcome. Tony Banham, Hong Kong: This month is therefore, believe it or not, the fifteenth anniversary of this blog in its current form.
I believe it is one of the oldest possibly even THE oldest continuously updated monthly blogs in the world. Readers from day one have seenwords of text equivalent to three typical novels, and all free of charge!
So this extra-long edition will consist of two things: I thought I would choose one per year, just as a reminder of all that I have learned — and present it as a thank you to the now thousands of people who have kindly contributed to my knowledge of Hong Kong during the wartime years.
There were very few police on board, but by chance I had a copy of a POW post card he had sent his wife and young son, plus details of his career with the police force.
I was able to give these to the family, but sadly after some research they informed me that the son who they did not previously know about had died at around the same time as Loughlin was lost on the vessel. Among other things I photographed the May Road garages that Lube Estes had recently mentioned on the Battle of Hong Kong facebook pagethe strange trench near the top of High West, and Haystack, a pre-war house on the Peak which is now the residence of the Japanese Consul.
Also saw the first wild pigs of the season! The quantities of ordnance that have been found over the years always amazes people, but when I remind them that shortly before hostilities commenced in Hong Kong the British issued an extra million rounds of.
One of them looks like it was taken in Singapore in aboutof the Middlesex Band Ure is fourth from right. This was a useful reminder, and I took my notes on Bell and added a few further findings before sending it back to Alex.
Like the case of Mrs Hollands, sometimes it takes years to sort these things out and get official recognition, but there is now no doubt that Bell is an undocumented British fatality of the war — and deserves a medal for helping Father Percunas when he was wounded.
In the words of Father Tohill: Bell who welcomed us to the Valley and had hoped that we could help in the construction of huts for the refugees. He had been put in charge of the work; he was not well and suffered from dysentery.
He showed much goodwill and set about his work with zeal. After the war Fr. Perkumas [sic] told me how good Mr.
Bell had been to him when he helped him leave the hut where he had been wounded by a Japanese bullet. Bell had supported him, and even when confronted with a Japanese machine-gunner who wanted them both to raise their arms, he had hesitated to obey, not wanting Fr.
Perkumas to fall helplessly to the ground. For this reason, or probably because he was wearing khaki, the soldier did not hesitate to shoot him. The two of them lay on the ground for quite some time. Bell still tried to assist Perkumas to reach the red house.
He pointed out that the true number was three, adding: Johan Nielsen in his account published in Pastor Nielsen's church was an important meeting place for Scandinavian sailors in the period between December and February According to Pastor Nielsen the three were: What struck us was the familiarity of the names of the donors: Great swathes of trees and brakes of bamboo have gone, and opened up new vistas.
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