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... from Norman Cliff's scrapbooks ...

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This was a farming village which could be seen from the hospital. Now it is all blocks and blocks of tall flats.
Painted by Mrs. Katherine Jowett
© Norman Cliff

GuardTower (near Lovers Lane)
Painted by Mrs. Eileen Avery © Norman Cliff

Block 23 Painted by Travers-Smith
© Norman Cliff

Block 23 on the right. The bell on the tower was rung daily by the Japs ostensibly to give us the time, but we were deliberately misinformed. Then you will remember that on VE Day an internee rang it in the night as a "dare", and we were forced out for a rollcall, as the Japs thought it was the signal for an escape.

Then the three arches on the verandah - we walked along there to a Single Men's Quarters in which were inter alia Eugene Huebener, John Lester, Marcie Dietmansen and Eric Liddell. When Liddell died Robin Hoyte and I moved into this room. Just before the end of the war the Japs were carrying on their own black market, buying things from us and reselling them in the neighbourhood at great profit. I sold a mosquito net to a guard. As the verandah was in full sight of the Jap officers' quarters on the left I escorted him away along the verandah with his booty hiding his identity.
© Norman Cliff

The Assembly Hall, painted by Mrs. Kathleen Francis Telfer
© Norman Cliff
Mateer Memorial Church - named after Calvin Mateer (1836-1908), founder of the first Christian college in China.
He started a small college in Dengchow in 1864, moved to Weihsien in 1904, then on to Jinan where it became the Chilu University.

The Graveyard, Painted by Alexander Garrow Cameron © Norman Cliff

Watchtower near the Hospital.
Robin Hoyte, a Chefoo boy, had a good relationship with one of the guards who guarded there. My sister, Estelle, was his girl friend, and he took her up and they spied out the land there with the guard being present.

"A BEGINNER'S CONTRIBUTION TO WEI-HSIEN MEMORIES"
Sketched by A.G. Cameron
© Norman Cliff

Jap watchtower at corner of the sportsfield.
Sketched by A.G. Cameron
© Norman Cliff

Married Quarters
Sketched by A.G. Cameron
© Norman Cliff

Sketched by A.G. Cameron
© Norman Cliff
Watchtower near the Hospital.
Robin Hoyte, a Chefoo boy, had a good relationship with one of the guards who guarded there. My sister, Estelle, was his girl friend, and he took her up and they spied out the land there with the guard being present.

Sketched by A.G. Cameron
© Norman Cliff

Hospital.
Priest at prayer.
Internee making coal bricks.
Sketched by A.G. Cameron
© Norman Cliff

It was Mrs. Eileen Bazire who sketched this picture.
It is at the front of a little book In Whose Hands? A story of Internment in China by George A. Scott.
© Peter Bazire

Artist's impression of the front gate of Weihsien Camp. The characters are "Le Dao Yuan", meaning "Courtyard of the Happy Way". The property had been an American Presbyterian mission compound.
Sketched by Hugh Hubbard

WEIHSIEN THE TEST
Whether a man's happiness depends on what he has, or what he is; on outer circumstance or inner heart; on life's experiences - good and bad - or on what he makes out of the materials those experiences provide .

Sketch of coloured parachutes bringing food, clothes and medicine soon after 17 Aug.
Sketched by Mrs. S.A. Fantechi
© Norman Cliff

Sketch of M.C. Halton -
Chairman of the "Quarters" committee.
Later, this was Langdon Gilkey.
Sketched by C. Marshall © Norman Cliff

Mr W. Pryor, Chairman of the Education Committee. Later it was E. McLaren.----
© Norman Cliff

Mr J.C. Stewart, Head of Discipline Committee-----
© Norman Cliff

Rollcall, sketched by Godon Martin.
Attention.... Eyes front .... Number off ....
One of the features of camp life was Rollcall at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., held in six different parts of the camp. This sometimes involved numbering off in Japanese. In the Guard Room the totals of each section were chalked up, totalled and the number of internees working on shift or sick in bed were allowed for. Then the bell which had called everyone to Rollcall rang once again, authorising us to disperse.
© Norman Cliff

Camp Wall from the outside showing searchlight, watchtowers and the electrified barbed wire fence over which Hummel and Tipton escaped.
© Norman Cliff

Map of Weihsien ... on a bib,
by Miss. Beatrice Stark, Chefoo Prep School teacher.
© Norman Cliff

" Mr. Nathan is sitting above the cloud.
He issued the coal dust of course.
Near the clothes hanging out is a small figure in a deckchair - one of us mending clothes.
You will see the White Elephant sign near the hot water queue.
At the bottom of the picture is John Barling ringing the 12 o'clock bell.
The Jap Commandant is sitting in his armchair.
Dolted about are pumps - also a chinese stone dogs - I think.
This is a photo of my apron on whicj I drew the plan. The material is an ols laundry bag. The edging is made from red hat linings."

Chefoo - Temple Hill - Weihsien

Christmas celebrations at Temple Hill in 1942 ...

Thirty six of the Chefoo Girls' School slept on matresses in the attic of Irwin House in Temple Hill Camp, Chefoo.
(In Whose Hands? by George Scott)

Dormitory ...
© Norman Cliff

Roll Call ...
© Norman Cliff

Roll Call ...
© Norman Cliff

Main Gate "closed" ...
© Norman Cliff

Courtyard of the Happy Way ...
(click on the cover to read the book :)
© Norman Cliff

Prisoners of the Samurai ...
(click on the cover to read the book :)
© Norman Cliff

Courtyard of the Happy Way Concentration Camp ...
(click on the cover to read the story (in Chinese) :)
© Norman Cliff

Christmas in Temple Hill - 1942 ...
© Norman Cliff

Christmas in Temple Hill - 1942 ...
© Norman Cliff