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Guests of His Imperial Majesty
LAST weekend, at a hotel in Weybridge, 360 people gathered - some from as far as Canada , New Zealand , Australia , the United States and South Africa - for a reunion which united many of them for the first time in 43 years.
The ties which brought them together go back to pre-war China, where they formed part of a far-flung European community of doctors, missionaries, teachers, administrators and traders, whose centre was Shanghai, the "Paris of the East" and, by 1939, the world's fifth largest city.
This colourful era came to an end in the early hours of Monday December 8, 1941, when the Japanese army ...
The front gate of Weifang camp, through which hundreds of prisoners rushed to welcome their liberators
Journey To Freedom.
On the eve of the anniversary of VJ Day, Dr Norman Cliff recalls his rescue from Weifang prison camp in north China
On a hot day in August 1945, in Weihsien ...
Mary Previte holds part of a yellow silk parachute that a camp survivor had embroidered with the signatures of the rescuers.
She tracked down WWII liberators to say thanks
Mary Previte trembled as she dialed the number. With luck, the man at the other end would be the one who engineered her rescue from ...
From: Dr. David J. Michell,
Toronto, Ontario M5M 1W8
50th Anniversary of V-J Day
Thank You, America
On August 17, 1945, now 50 years ago, 7 brave GI's parachuted into Weihsien Concentration Camp in North East China and freed ...
Mary Leckie and Hudson Felgate - with Marjorie Lee - at the reunion (left), and as they were in Yangchow camp in 1945 (above). Top (from left): sisters Jean Raitt, of Hastings, and Kay Postuma, of London, who were together at Weihsien camp; Father Paul Edwards, of Mid Sussex, (Footung Camp); Jacqueline Bates, of Virginia, (Lunghwa Camp); reunion organiser René Cumberbatch (Lincoln Road camp)