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Witnessing “The Horror”

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Witnessing “The Horror”

They took us down to Victoria, that's the city on the island, down below Wan Chai Gap, and oh, this was the starting of the horror. They had a hundred, a hundred and fifty of us and they put us all in one room about the size of this room and we stayed there overnight. Well guys couldn't, it was impossible to lay down, we all just squatted down against the wall, you couldn’t stand any longer and we all stayed in there. I'll never to this day forget the screaming. I'll never forget the screaming out there. The Japanese soldiers were getting, rounding up the Chinese woman, and they were raping them by the score outside, and these Chinese girls were screaming and all that, and they were killing them and all that kind of junk, right outside, you know. This was horror itself. That was, as far as I remember, that was the very first taste of real horror we got right there. You know the feeling that goes inside you and to hear what was happening to those girls and woman outside our room we're in. I'll never live long enough to forget this.

Now a POW, Mr. Flegg experiences what he describes as the horror for the first time. From inside the building where he is held captive, he helplessly listens to Chinese women being raped and murdered by the Japanese.

Aubrey Flegg

Aubrey Flegg was born on October 18, 1917 in Welland, Ontario. His father moved the family to Northern British Columbia when he was three. Mr. Flegg describes living on a “stump farm”, and working from a very early age. Leaving home at sixteen, he trapped in winter and felled timber during warmer months. Mr. Flegg was married with a young family when the war started, but he enlisted out of patriotic duty. He joined Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, and later reinforced the Winnipeg Grenadiers, thinking he would be going to Europe. Instead, Mr. Flegg found himself trying to defend Hong Kong from the Japanese against overwhelming odds. Imprisoned for four years, he survived the ravages of disease, starvation, abuse and forced labor in both North Point and Sham Shui Po Camps and the Oyama mines. Mr. Flegg offers an impassioned story of the Hong Kong experience.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Aubrey Flegg
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
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