I have just read Tim Luard’s Escape from Hong Kong, partly as context for the book I’m writing, Dark Ocean which is set in Hong Kong, but also out of interest in events surrounding and following the surrender of Hong Kong on Christmas Day, 1941. Having spent eighteen years there its history is always of interest but I had never heard of this particular episode before.

The book tells of the escape by seventy odd servicemen and a Chinese Admiral across the border into China and Japanese occupied Guandong Province. Eventually, they make it to Burma, before continuing their respective military duties in various other theatres of war.