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Moving A Mountain

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They were going to expand the airport and the sacred mountain over there off from the airport. There's the airport, a low lying land about 12 to 14 feet lower than the airport across the sacred mountain, I don't know maybe three quarters of a mile or a mile square or something like that. And the sacred mountain was behind it, and the British had wanted to get the fill from that mountain to fill in that bottom to make it expand their airport but they wouldn't dare touch it because it was Chinese sacred ground, but when the Japanese took over, this business of asking permission was gone. So we were, had little narrow gauge railroads and we were moving that mountain down and filling in that bottom. There were crazy guys coming down that mountain on these carts and the carts jumping the rails and are guys going sailing. It was the first bit of fun we’d had in some time. But we did move that sacred mountain from there and after we moved back to Sham Shui Po, we were still there. We moved that whole mountain. We filled that whole bottom in for them to expand their airport, by hand.

Mr. Flegg gives a brief description of the work done at Kai-Tek Airport.

Aubrey Flegg

Aubrey Flegg was born on October 18, 1917 in Welland, Ontario. His father moved the family to Northern British Columbia when he was three. Mr. Flegg describes living on a “stump farm”, and working from a very early age. Leaving home at sixteen, he trapped in winter and felled timber during warmer months. Mr. Flegg was married with a young family when the war started, but he enlisted out of patriotic duty. He joined Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry, and later reinforced the Winnipeg Grenadiers, thinking he would be going to Europe. Instead, Mr. Flegg found himself trying to defend Hong Kong from the Japanese against overwhelming odds. Imprisoned for four years, he survived the ravages of disease, starvation, abuse and forced labor in both North Point and Sham Shui Po Camps and the Oyama mines. Mr. Flegg offers an impassioned story of the Hong Kong experience.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Aubrey Flegg
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Winnipeg Grenadiers
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