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.
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.
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 .
" 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)