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Last Action and Capitulation

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Last Action and Capitulation

Everything was silent. There was no more bombing or nothing. I remember we were up, me and another fellow, we were in one of those, what would you call them, poles there with the machine guns there and you fire ack acks. And we were trying to hit the planes that were coming over and they swooped down on us, holy God and they bombed us something like old hell. After we got out of that, we never seemed to be able to hit a plane but we did a lot of firing so after that one then when everything died down, then we were told, they come around and told us that the governor of the island had surrendered on account that they were slaughtering all the women and children and everything and the Chinese in Hong Kong. So from there we came out and I ended up with a bunch of monks, me and the other guys we ended up there and we stayed with those monks for quite a while. There was one British soldier there he put a revolver to his head and he blew his brains out. He didn’t want to go through that but the monks kept telling us that the Japs weren’t all that bad because we didn't know right off hand how bad they really were because we didn’t know nothing really then.

Mr. Lecouffe describes trying to strafe low flying Japanese fighters. He goes on to describe the surrender of the island by its governor who is faced with more slaughter of its defenseless Chinese population.

Lionel Lecouffe

Lionel Lecouffe was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick on March 23, 1922. His father was a First World War veteran and his mother a war bride. Mr. Lecouffe worked on the road for food vouchers before becoming a deliveryman to Easton Bakery at $2 a day. Only seventeen and already a member of the Campbellton militia, he lied about his age to enlist with the Royal Rifles at Matapedia. Ironically, after his release from a Hong Kong hospitalization, Mr. Lecouffe found himself attached to the Winnipeg Grenadiers with whom he finished the war.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
October 10, 2000
Person Interviewed:
Lionel Lecouffe
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Royal Rifles of Canada

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