Dad's Diaries

I'm amazed the diaries survived Dad's time in POW camps. The contents tell a chilling story of semi-starvation, deteriorating health and a constant battle against the elements.

What is most telling is what is missing - for certain periods, days and sometimes weeks there are no entries. It is the interviews (listed below)  that shed some light on what Dad was going through during these times.

Interview for Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature - 1971

In 1971, the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in Winnipeg interviewed over 150 members of the Winnipeg Grenadiers who survived Hong Kong. My Dad's interview was recorded at the time and he kept a copy of the tape. I have transcribed it so it can be read here.

The interviews were woven into a CBC programme Between Ourselves which aired some months later.

Interview - Stonewall This Month - 1994

This fills in gaps and provides Dad's last recorded look back at the war years. Our thanks to Pat Corbin for publishing it, and allowing us to share it on this Memorial site.