Escape from Hong Kong - The Final Hours
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The Fall of Hong Kong

The GOC's Surrender Order

The order reads:

  • To Brigadier Wallis
  • 'The GOC authorizes me to state that the white flag will be hoisted and all military operations will cease forthwith. You will consider yourselves prisoners of war.
  • Issue orders to all concerned to cease fighting.
  • H.W.M. Stewart, Lt. Col Hong Kong
  • 25.12.41 'for GOC
  • British Forces in China.

The surrender finally came at 15:15 on Christmas Day. Due to the breakdown in communications some units were still unaware well into the night. .

Major-General C. M. Maltby with his captors on Christmas Day 1941

Major-General C. M. Maltby shakes hands with the Japanese victors outside the Battle-Box HQ on Christmas Day 1941 after surrendering. Maltby had advised Governor Sir Mark Young to surrender on several occasions.The order to surrender finally came at 15,10 hrs Christmas Day 1941

Lt-General Sakai and Vice Adm Niimi enter Hong Kong

Lieutenant General Takashi Sakai the Japanese Commander-in-Chief, and Vice Admiral Miimi Massichi parading through Hong Kong 15th February 1942 on captured horses from the Happy Valley race coarse. Lt General Sakai was tried and executed in Nan king in 1946 for the crimes against Humanity committed under his command.

Allied POWs marching to Shamshuipo 30th December 1941

The allied Prisoners of War marching to Shamhuipo POW camp on 30th December 1941. Click here
to read the story of the "Sinking of the Lisbon Maru" with over 1800 British & Allied P.O.Ws onboard.

The Lisbon Maru

Over 1800 allied Prisoners of War were crammed into the three holds of the Lisbon Maru. The POWs were guarded by 25 Japanese guards under Lieut. Hideo Wada. There were also 778 Japanese troops on deck. Only 748 Allied prisoners returned to the UK alive. Click here to read the story

The USS Grouper

SS 214 USS Grouper fired 6 Mk 14 torpedo's at the Lisbon Maru after tailing her for a long time. Click here to read the story

The aftermath of occupation

Research and web publication by Buddy Hide Jnr ©

The contents of this web site led to a considerable number of escapee families contacting me and now each other, and remains the principle source of contact and private information for the spin off projects that have followed. The personal accounts enabled me to record the complete and true account of this remarkable episode of Sino-British war time co-operation. The information compiled here has directly resulted in a museum exhibition in Hong Kong, a re-enactment of the escape in Hong Kong and China, with a movie drama and documentary in the making.

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