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North Point Camp

North Point Camp

Mr. Hurd describes North Point as a filthy nightmare. The diet consisted of rice contaminated with rat feces, and boiled lettuce-like greens. Yams were an occasional treat.

Surrender

Surrender

Mr. Hurd discusses his officer's relief at the Hong Kong's surrender, as he had felt the battle was futile and would cost too many unnecessary deaths among his men. The Royal Rifles were, ironically, the last Commonwealth regiment to lay down their arms.

Our Vehicles Never Arrived

Our Vehicles Never Arrived

Mr. Hurd discusses the failure of the Canadian army's heavy trucks and equipment to arrive in Hong Kong. He makes the point that the troop ship had plenty of room in her hold to carry several Bren gun carriers, which Mr. Hurd feels would have greatly aided the defense of Hong Kong.

Sham Shui Po  was a Good Layout

Sham Shui Po was a Good Layout

Mr. Hurd says that from his perspective Sham Shui Po was well laid out and spacious enough to accommodate the two Canadian regiments and their respective stores.

Barely Recognizable

Barely Recognizable

On board the Prince Robert, a sailor weeps at the sight of Mr. Bembridge’s conditions, remembering him as a healthy soldier.

The Sight of Freedom

The Sight of Freedom

As Mr. Bembridge sights American planes over the camp dropping 45 gallon drums of supplies, he soon realizes the war is over and freedom is drawing near.

Standing Hours Against a Wall

Standing Hours Against a Wall

Thought to be laughing, Japanese guards torture and beat Mr. Bembridge as he stands against a wall grasping for his life

A Beating Never Forgotten

A Beating Never Forgotten

Mr. Bembridge shares an emotional story of how badly he was beaten knowing if he retaliated he would be killed.

Exhaustion Gets the Best of Me

Exhaustion Gets the Best of Me

Working fourteen hour days, Mr. Bembridge is assisted by his buddies on the march back to camp.

Dysentery in the Camp

Dysentery in the Camp

Mr. Bembridge recalls his suffering with dysentery within the camp and how his health was affected by this.

A Miserable Place

A Miserable Place

Mr. Bembridge describes the harsh and brutal conditions of North Point Camp facing starvation and brutality as a prisoner of war.

Circle of Surrender

Circle of Surrender

Mr. Bembridge describes his reaction to the treatment while being gathered up by the Japanese guards and fearing for his life.

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