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I was a prisoner of war for practically the four years there. And I got a postcard one time from Fort Fraser, British Colombia. That's where I was brought up and raised, it's a hundred miles past Prince George in Northern BC. And it had everybody's name on it from my home town. I got that. I got one other piece of mail besides that, and it was from my dad. The regular sheet for a letter on it, Fort Fraser, British Colombia, along the address at the top and the date and, “Dear Son.” Oh that piece of paper had the date on it, “Dear Son” and it had the whole centre cut right out, everything and it had the bottom, “Love Dad.” It didn't have one word in there that I got, from a full sheet of paper. “Dear son… Love Dad.” What the hell did they give me the bloody thing for? Interviewer: So that's the only mail? That is what I got in four years.

Mr. Flegg discusses the two pieces of mail he received in his time overseas, one a postcard signed by everyone in his hometown, and the other, a hollowed letter from his dad.

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
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Aubrey Flegg
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Second World War
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
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