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The Lone FlagMemoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II$
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John Pownall Reeves, Colin Day, and Richard Garrett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208326

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208326.001.0001

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(p.15) Chapter II Getting Going
The Lone Flag

John Pownall Reeves

Hong Kong University Press

The first batch of Portuguese citizens evacuated from Hong Kong arrived on the Perla, together with the first news of the fighting in Hong Kong. Accommodation reserved for them was inadequate. The feeding arrangements were unsatisfactory and medical attention was difficult to get due to limited resources and lack of medical staff. The general organization of the Macao government was strained to the utmost, barely able to cater to the needs of so many refugees. Conditions in the majority of the refugee centres were shocking. Reeves began the task of providing health and welfare services to the people who were his responsibility, as British consul. Some members of the enclave showed strong interest in the welfare of the refugees, however, morale was low and resources and funds were in shortage. Conflicts between the refugees and the locals were constant, and no one knew if Macao would fall to the Japanese.

Keywords:   the Governor of Macao, Portuguese citizens, refugees, accommodation, World War II, food and medical problems, Japanese invasion, British subjects, refugee centre conditions

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