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Christmas Surrender (Part 2)

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Christmas Surrender (Part 2)

We didn't know what they were going to do. They wired us together and then was taking us down, and this guy that was wounded - all the wounded ones was in that lineup too walking down and this one guy couldn't walk very much and his brother was trying to help him and he fell over and when his brother leaned down to try and get him up, the Jap sentry come and just stuck a bayonet in him and broke the wire and put the wire from him around another one and then pushed his body over the, and his brother is yelling his head off and they were hitting him with the rifle and that and we yelled at him to keep quiet, to not make any more noise or they will put the bayonet in you.

Mr. Durant talks about his first march as a prisoner and tells a story of the treatment they were subjected to.

Gordon Durant

Gordon Durant was born on December 20thth 1921. Things were busy for him and his 7 sisters and 4 brothers growing up on the farm in Saskatchewan. His father lived most of his civilian life with a disabling injury from the First World War. Mr. Durant left school after grade eight to help out around the farm before joining the army at age 17. After completing basic training, he was sent to Jamaica for garrison duty and then to Hong Kong where he was captured by the Japanese. He spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war in Hong Kong and Japan where he worked in the mines and on the railroad.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Gordon Durant
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Second World War
Hong Kong

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