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March to North Point Camp

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March to North Point Camp

The next morning when they moved us out, none of the wounded, they wouldn't let us take any unless they wanted to walk. They tied us up in groups of four with our own telephone communication wire, our hands were behind our backs tied and they put a loop around your neck and four or five of you together and if your hands dropped or anybody else slackened off it tightened on your neck not like a garret but it tightened enough to bother you. A kid from I think it was Carmen, Manitoba, I can't remember his first name, Kilfoil, had been wounded and couldn't keep up and all that the Jap guard did was just cut him out and we continued on. And we heard Kilfoil scream but we just could imagine what happened to him, I imagine they bayoneted him and shoved him over the cliff.

Mr. Atkinson describes being tethered together with wire during their march to North Point Camp. One soldier, badly enough wounded that he can't keep up, is cut out of the line and bayoneted.

Harold Atkinson

Harold Atkinson was born on February 14, 1922 in Selkirk, Manitoba. He had three siblings. His father, a First World War Veteran, died when he was nine. His family lived on relief, seven dollars a week, and he helped by delivering papers. He finished grade nine, and then in 1940 enlisted. Mr. Atkinson was eighteen when he joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers. He served in Jamaica, guarding German and Italian nationals at an internment camp. He returned to Canada and then went to Hong Kong with his unit. Mr. Atkinson fought against and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. As a prisoner, he heard several comrades bayoneted to death. Mr. Atkinson worked at Kai Tak airport and in North Point Camp's diphtheria ward. In Omini, Japan he worked as a stevedore at the shipyard. When the war ended, Mr. Atkinson was fortunate enough to be flown home.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Harold Atkinson
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Second World War
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
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