HMCS PRINCE ROBERT COMMUNIQUES


Correspondent Reports from the Prince Robert
to the London Daily Express via Cable and Wireless
Commencing July 30, 1945

TO:
DAILY EXPRESS LONDON
(VIA CABLE AND WIRELESS LTD., SYDNEY)

PRESS COLLECT

EXRUSSELL CLARK ABOARD HMCS PRINCE ROBERT HONG KONG THIRTIETH JULY REME
REMEMBER HONGKONG COMMENCE IN NEARLY FOUR YEARSF REPORTING THIS
PACIFIC WAR TODAYS ASSIGNMENT IS TOUGHEST HAPPIEST CRAZIEST EYEVE HAD
STOP TODAY WEENTERED HONGKONG PARA AT TWELVE NOON THE STRONG TASK
FORCE SUBREARAD HARCOURT STEAMED SLOWLY ALONG TAITONG CHANNEL TURNED
THROUGH LYEMUN PASS ETINTO HONG KONG HARBOR PARA THAT JOURNEY TOOK
MORE THAN ONE HOUR STOP THERE WAS NOT SOUND STOP ONLY HANDFUL JUNKS
LISTENING STOP THEY RARELY SPOKE ETWHEN THEY DID THEIR VOICES WERE
STRANGELY UNCONSCIOUSLY LOW PITCHED PARA TWAS DAY OF BLUE SKY WHITE
CLOUDS RICH GREEN HILLS ETSOFT SUNSHINE STOP THE FEW JUNKS WENT
ABOUT THEIR FISHING STOP SOMEF FISHERMEN SCARCELY BOTHERED LOOK UP
STOP ON HILLS THAT INHEMMED US THERE WERE GUN EMPLACEMENTS BUT
UNMOVEMENT UNSIGN LIFE STOP PARA HONGKONG ITSELF SWE INTURNED THROUGH
LYEMUN PASS SEEMED DEAD ETDEATHLY STILL CUMTHE CHARRED BONESF BOMBED
DOCKYARDS ETBUILDINGS LYING BLACK ETUGLY IN SUN PARA SOMEWHERE ALONG
CHANNEL A COOLIE WHISTLED FROM ONEF J JUNKS ETIT SOUINDED OBSCENELY
SHRILL IN STILLNESS PARA PLANES ROARED OVERHEAD STOP BUT SOMEHOW
THEY SEEMED PARTF IT STOP THAT WAS ONLY SOUND ONLY MOVEMENT DASH
THAT ETTHIS LINEF CROUCHING SLOW MOVING WARSHIPS PARA ONLY WHEN WE
NEARED OUR BERTH AT KOWLOON ETUPTIED BESIDE JETTY DID CHEERING BEGIN STOP
THAT WAS EXCHINESE LINING SHORE STOP

FIRSTTAKE MORE CLARK



TO:
DAILY EXPRESS
LONDON
(VIA CABLE AND WIRELESS LTD., SYDNEY)

PRESS COLLECT

EXCLARK HONGKONG SECOND COMMENCE ETTWAS THEN THAT THIS STORY
BEGAN DASH THEN WHEN WE UPTIED STOP PERHAPS UNCORRESPONDENTLL EVER
DESCRIBE IT STOP WHAT CAN YOU SAY QUERY HOW CAN YOU START TELL
HOW IT FEELS SEE ENGLISHMAN RUNNING DOWN ADWHARF CUMHIS ARMS UP ETTH
ETTHRUST OUIT TOWARDS YOU CRYING QUOTE THANK GOD YOUVE COME AT
LAST UNQUOTE THERE WERE TEARS STREAMING DOWN THAT MANS FACE STOP
HEV HE DID NOT TRY HIDE THEM STOP IT DID NOT MATTER STOP YOU
THOUGH THAT NOW TODAY NOTHING ELSE ON THIS GODS EARTH MATTERED
EXCEPT THE CONCENTRATED UNCONTROLLABLE HAPPINESS THAT WAS POURING
DOWN THAT  MANS CHEEKS PARA ON THIS SHIP I SAW A LOT OF MEN TURN AWAY
EXTHE GUARDRAIL BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT TAKE IT STOP EYE WAS ONE THEM
STOP ETEYE ETTHEY HAVE HAD LEARN TAKE IT IN THE HOURS THAT SEEM
LIKE YEARS SINCE NOON TODAY STOP WEVE HAD LEARN WATCCH MEN ETWOMEN
CRYING LIKE BABIES COMMA CRYING FROM THAT PURESTF HAPPINESS THAT
CANNOT BE EXPRESSED IN ANY OTHER WAY PARA HOW CAN YOU WRITE ABOUT
THAT QUERY HOW CAN YOU WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU FEELWHEN MAN STARES
UNCOMPREHENDINGLY AT YOU BECAUSE YOUVE OFFERED HIM CIGARETTE
QUERY WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THOSE WHO BROKE ETSOBBED BECAUSE HERE
ON THIS SHIP THEY SAW THEIR FIRST BAKED DINNER IN NEARLY FOUR
YEARS QUERY WHOLL EVER TRY ANALYSE TWHAT MAN FELT WHEN HE LOOKED
AT HIS PLATE ETSIMPLY OVERLEANED ETKISSED HIS WIFE ETSAID NOTHING
QUIERY BUT MOSTF THATS OVER NOW STOP MOSTF ITS PASSED ETTHE LAUGHTERS
BEGUN



TO;
DAILY EXPRESS
LONDON
(VIA CABLE AND WIRELESS, SYDNEY)

PRESS COLLECT

EXCLARK HONGKONG THIRD COMMENCE THIS BEEN IRREGULAREST DA THIS
SHIPS EVERKNOWN STOP TWILL NEVER KNOW HECTICER TWELVE HOURS
SLONG SIT FLOATS STOP TWAS OPEN HOUSE STOP SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN
STREAMING IN ETOUT WARDROOM STOP THERES HIGH BABBLE TALK
ETLAUGHTER STOP ITS BEEN DAYF CIGARETTES BEER COFFEE SANDWICHES
TABLES CRAMMED CUMFOOD ETVISITORS STOP ITS BEEN ONGOING LIKE
THAT PROHOURS STOP AS EYE WRITE THIS THE WARDROOMS FULL BRITISH
NURSES CUMFLUSHED EXCITED FACES ETEYES THAT SEEM TO EAT YOU INT
THEIR BRIGHT EAGERNESS PARA THATS GLIMPSE OF WHOLE PICTURE STOP
BUT TIS ONLY FLEETING GLIMPSE BECAUSE UNONE WILL EVER BE ABLE
TELL IT PROPERLY STOP EYEM SORRY STOP TOMORROW THIS FIRST MAD
FLOOD EXCITEMENT WILL START SUBSIDING STOP POSTHAT UNONE WILL BE
ABLE TELL HOW TWENT STOP EYEM SORRY BECAUSE TONIGHT EYE CANT MAKE
ANY ATTEMPT WRITE ALL THINGS EYE OUGHT WRITE LET ALONE THINGS EYE
WANT WRITE PARA EYE CAN TELL HOW KOWLOON WAS TAKEN SANSFIRING
OF SINGLE SHOT STOP EYE CAN REPORT THAT PRISONERS ETINTERNEES ARE
PHYSICALLY ETMENTALLY HEALTHIER THAN WED DARED EXPECT COMMA THAT
TONIGHT HARBORS BRIGHT CUMLIGHTS OUR SHIPS STOP EYE CAN TELL YOU
TOO ABOUT THIS CURIOUS PRESURRENDER SITUATION STOP AS YET THERES
BEEN UNSURRENDER STOP OUR FORCE COULDNT WAIT PORTHAT STOP REARAD
HARCOURT SIMPLY SAID COMMA QUOTE WE ARE COMING IN UNQUOTE TWAS
TAKE IT LEAVE IT EDICT STOP JAPS TOOK IT PARA SO TODAY ETTONIGHT
YOU CAN DRIVE THROUGH KOWLOON ETPASS THOUSANDS ARMED SCOWLING
JAPS STOP ON STREETS BY TACIT AGREEMENT YOU IGNORE EACH OTHER
STOP BUT TOMORROW POSTSIGNING SURRENDER TERMS TWILL BE DIFFERENT
STOP ALREADY TONIGHT THEYRE UNPACKING ETMOVING ADTHEIR MUSTER
POINTS PARA EXCLARK HONGKONG FOURTH COMMENCE YOU CAN TELL ALL
THOSE THINGS IN FEW WORDS STOP BUT YOU CANT TELL ABOUT THINGS
THAT MATTER COMMA ABOUT MOUNTING EXCITEMENT ETTHE HIGH VOICES
HAPPINESS THAT SEEMS BE INCREASING EVERY MINUTE ETTHE WORDS
ETTHE QUESTIONS THAT COME TUMBLING TOO FAST PARA


OFFICIAL NAVAL COMMUNIQUES TO THE PRINCE ROBERT
30/8/45 ~ 30/8/45 ~ 31/8/45 ~ 3/9/45
NAVAL MESSAGE
To: ALL SHIPS
From: CTG 111.2
BOATS WHICH MAY BE SUICIDES REPORTED LEAVING PICNIC BAY.
ALL SHIPS TO BE ON THE ALERT.  THEY SHOULD BE ATTACKED.
30/8/45


NAVAL MESSAGE
To: PRINCE ROBERT
From: CTG 111.2
I SHALL PROBABLY ASK YOU TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LAW AND ORDER
IN KOWLOON SIDE USING LANDING PARTIES OF ANSON AND PRINCE ROBERT
FOR THIS PURPOSE.  AM BERTHING PRINCE ROBERT ALONGSIDE AT KOWLOON.
30TH AUGUST
300124


NAVAL MESSAGE
To: PRINCE ROBERT
From: CTG 111.2
Attention is drawn to my 1039/i of 31st august.  Para.  Headed
Souvenirs.  Complaints have been received of looting.
Men returning on board are to be searched.
310420


NAVAL MESSAGE
To: PRINCE ROBERT
From: CTG 111.2
POST SENTRIES TO KEEP CROWDS AWAY FROM OXFORDSHIRE.
3-9-45

Submitted by Gary McGregor

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