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Medical Orderly

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When I got to North Point Camp, they picked me, we had a man by the name of Dr. Reid, the only doctor we had in that camp. They took me, the other doctors weren't there, there were some in. I would become a medical orderly. They would instruct us as what to do and that was looking after the boys that were so sick, there were some dying six a day and they died, they had dysentry, diptheria, pellagra and, oh, all kind of diseases. We were laying in a hospital in an old burnt out building. I remember over there waiting on boys there, waiting on boys where you try to do the best you can. We had peanut oil and we had hot water to bathe their sores or something like that. There was some of them you just couldn't help. Dysentery was an awful, awful, disease and malaria, you know, you have no idea what malaria is until you get a fever from malaria. I know. I can't give blood today to anybody just on account of that, I never could since I came back over that. And dysentery when you go fifty, maybe fifty, sixty times a day and you're not eating anything, you know, it's God awful what they went through. We all did. I worked in the hospital, so sick but I had to do it. All the time we were in it, we went to 3D in Japan, this was what it was.

Mr Law tells us about some of the things he did as a medical orderly at North Point prison camp.

Reginald Law

Reginald Law was born on April 13th, 1920 in Flatland, New Brunswick. His father took sick from his job as a fish warden so Mr. Law was called to work during grade eight to fill in as a fish guide until he joined the army when he was nineteen. He enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec and joined the Royal Rifles of Canada.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 10, 1998
Person Interviewed:
Reginald Law
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Royal Rifles of Canada

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