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Enlisting at Age 15

Enlisting at Age 15

Mr. Ewing describes his determination to join the service which included multiple attempts at enlisting.

Voyage to Hong Kong and Lack of Weaponry

Voyage to Hong Kong and Lack of Weaponry

Mr. Ewing remembers when he found out he was being deployed overseas to active duty, not to Europe, but rather Hong Kong. He recalls the voyage and explains how the troops arrived in Hong Kong but a lot of their heavy weaponry did not.

Japanese Invade Hong Kong and Take POW’s

Japanese Invade Hong Kong and Take POW’s

Mr. Ewing describes his situation in Hong Kong when the Japanese invaded the colony. He remembers his first contact with the enemy and shortly thereafter being taken as a prisoner of war.

Surrender to the Japanese

Surrender to the Japanese

Mr. Ewing describes his experience immediately after his surrender to the Japanese in Hong Kong.

Life in a Prisoner of War Camp

Life in a Prisoner of War Camp

Mr. Ewing offers a detailed account of life inside a prisoner of war camp as he describes the guards, rations, sanitation, beds and the bugs.

Effects of Poor Diet

Effects of Poor Diet

Mr. Ewing describes some of the diseases that set in at the POW camps as a result of poor diet and living conditions.

Slave Labour in Japan

Slave Labour in Japan

Mr. Ewing gives a vivid account of life as a slave labourer in Japan during the Second World War.

The Japanese Guards in Tokyo

The Japanese Guards in Tokyo

Mr. Ewing describes the guards in the slave labour camps in Tokyo and tells a story about the only time he received extraordinary punishment.

Surviving Tuberculosis as a POW

Surviving Tuberculosis as a POW

Mr Ewing explains how he contracted tuberculosis while being held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp and survived thanks to a comrade’s homemade contraption.

The Shinegawa POW Hospital

The Shinegawa POW Hospital

As Mr. Ewing recounts the conditions he and the other sick men lived in, we understand more about Japanese war prisons.

Trying to Keep Up with the War while in POW Camp

Trying to Keep Up with the War while in POW Camp

News about the progress of the war was hard to get by in POW camps but it still seeped in from time to time.

The War Ends in Japan

The War Ends in Japan

Even when the war ended, things were still somewhat dangerous in POW camps but some guards were good to the prisoners.

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