Mok, Raymond (Oral history)

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  • 21134
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  • whole: Duration 90, Number Of Items 3
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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Chinese NCO served with Field Ambulance, Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force during Battle of Hong Kong, 12/1941; POW in Hong Kong, 1941-1942; served with British Army Aid Group in China, 1942-1945

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REEL 1 Background in Hong Kong, 1920-1937: family; education. Period with Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force in Hong Kong, 1937-1941: enlistment with 4 Machine Gun Company, 1937; transfer to Field Ambulance, 1939; character of training; defences of Hong Kong, 1941; organisation of temporary hospitals. Recollections of operations with Field Ambulance, Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force during Battle of Hong Kong, 12/1941: mobilisation, 7/12/1941; outbreak of war; move to post at Mount Davis and subsequently to Jubilee Fort; Japanese bombing; types of wounds dealt with; hearing details of attack on hospital at St Stephen's College. Recollections of period as POW in Shamshuipo Camp, Hong Kong, 1941-1942: surrender, 25/12/1941; character of march to Shamshuipo Camp; conditions in Shamshuipo Camp; early escapes; role in charge of rations; medical control in camp; diseases in camp. REEL 2 Continues: parcels received by Chinese POWs; use of Chinese medicines; communication with family; special work status of Chinese POWs; relations between Chinese medical students; camp concerts; religious services; punishments for escapes; relations with Formosan interpreters; medical improvisation in camp; release of Chinese POWs from camp, 8/9/1942; signing of pledge not to escape from Hong Kong and fight Japanese. Recollections of period with British Army Aid Group in China, 1942-1945: background to leaving Hong Kong for China; journey to Waichow; role as medical officer with Chinese forces at Tamshui; medical and intelligence work in Kweichow; character of medical work. REEL 3 Continues: opinion of Nationalist Chinese and Communist forces; lack of medics in China; agent traffic between Hong Kong and China; character of British Army Aid Group; dealing with Nationalist and Communist Chinese; news of dropping of atomic bombs; return to Hong Kong. Aspects of period living in Hong Kong, 1945-1997: work in Queen Mary Hospital; medical studies in Hong Kong and GB, from 1947; opinion of handover of Hong Kong to China; question of democracy in Hong Kong.

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