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The Lone Flag – Memoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II - Hong Kong Scholarship Online
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The Lone Flag: Memoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II

John Pownall Reeves, Colin Day, and Richard Garrett


When Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941, Macao was left as a tiny isolated enclave on the China coast surrounded by Japanese-held territory. As a Portuguese colony, Macao was neutral, and John Reeves, the British Consul, could remain there and continue his work despite being surrounded in all directions by his country’s enemy. His main task was to provide relief to the 9,000 or more people who crossed the Pearl River from Hong Kong to take refuge in Macao and who had a claim for support from the British Consul. The core of this book is John Reeves’ memoir of those extraordina ... More

Keywords: Macao, Hong Kong, Japanese occupation, John Reeves, British Consul/Consulate, World War II, British Consul relief, refugees, Neutral enclave, medical, morale

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208326
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Pownall Reeves, author

Colin Day, editor

Richard Garrett, editor

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