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Life in the Camp I

Geoffrey Charles Emerson

in Hong Kong Internment, 1942 to 1945

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622098800
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206977 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098800.003.0002
Life in the Camp I

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This chapter discusses the internees's life in the camp where the greatest complaints centred on food. It notes that “of all the hardships and privations to which the internees in Stanley were subjected, the insufficiency and unsuitable nature of the food provided were the worst”. It reports that the food was delivered daily from Hong Kong by lorry and unloaded in a garage near the former Prison Warders's Club. It further reports that in July 1942, the Hong Kong dollar was devalued to four to one Japanese yen, which caused a severe blow to the already bad food situation, because this meant less food was sent to Camp than before. The chapter also discusses the existence of hospital and medical services in the camp where many internees were connected with the medical profession, including forty doctors, two dentists, one biologist, six pharmacists, one hundred nurses and six masseuses, as well as a number of auxiliary nurses.

Keywords: food; Stanley; Hong Kong; Prison Warder's Club; Hong Kong dollar; Japanese yen; medical services

Chapter.  21067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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