This chapter describes the internment of military men in Shamshuipo Camp, which consisted of small brick huts which numbered about fifty in all. It notes that, in peacetime, it was known as “Hankow” Barracks, which housed the 1st Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. It reports that the Japanese authorities used a number of men considered fit enough as search and burial parties around the areas of Mt. Cameron, Mt. Nicholson and the Wong Nei Chong Valley, and around the Peak district. It further reports that escapes from the camp were very frequent, but the odds of getting away were very remote, and it was generally agreed that it would take strength and endurance to undergo the many miles of trekking to friendly territory in mainland China. The chapter also details the Japanese soldiers' withdrawal from the camp when the headlines from the Hong Kong newspapers stated that Japan had surrendered.
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