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Japanese Atrocities Against the Chinese

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Japanese Atrocities Against the Chinese

It was a terrible sight. As I told you, there was all these hundreds of thousands of Orientals that were down in the country there that were not supposed to be there from up in the interior, and a Japanese private killed them. They didn't need any authority or anything. And there was continuously dead bodies floating around in that bay all the time, it was nothing, you see dead Chinese, oriental people floating around in that body. Anytime you want, you see them in there. You know, they were human beings, same as you and me. But to those people, life was nothing, it didn't mean anything, how the heck could it, you know, with the actions that they did. But I think they brainwashed the military people, or they had to do something because they were all inhuman people. The atrocities of things they did is absolutely unbelievable. You see them chopping peoples' heads off with a sword. And running a bayonet through people for no reason whatsoever. You know I seen this with my bloody eyes, I can never live long enough to forget these damn things. No wonder we're a disturbed bunch of guys.

The atrocities he witnessed against Chinese civilians still weighs heavily in Mr. Flegg's memories.

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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