The streets of Hong Kong were terribly crowded. It was a constant and desperate struggle for survival. I traded cigarettes for quite a few souvenirs: ~ two carved statuettes which I gave to my mother ~ a silk Kimono and ivory cigarette holder for my wife, Louise ~ an intricately carved water buffalo with a child perched on top ~ field glasses ~ a Japanese bayonet ~ a British Cavalry sword ~ Chinese cigarettes and matches ~ money ~ odds & ends... (August 1945)
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5. Hong Kong
A Struggle for Survival on the Streets of Hong Kong
The ROBERT was in Hong Kong for over two months but we had just occasional shoreleave.
Hong Kong Street Scene
Shipmates on Shore Leave in Rickshaws (August 1945)
[According to National Archives this might have been
taken in September and the riders may be:
L to R: Sig. E. Corey & Able Seamen J.A. Wilcott & R.L. Darjes]
The first boat from the ROBERT landed here close to these decorative cannons.
The Hong Kong Waterfront
Temple built by Canadian Prisoners of War
Victoria Hill, Hong Kong
Entering the Government House to sign the Armistice. Admiral Harcourt came to Hong Kong later, probably with the marines. (End of August 1945)
Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt & Japanese Vice Admiral Fujita
View from Kowloon of the huge fireworks display across the harbour in Hong Kong. This celebration was on the night of the signing of the peace treaty. The flares are from ships' guns.
Peace Treaty Celebration in Hong Kong
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