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Liked As a Honcho

Heroes Remember

I didn't ask for the job but it just wound up and it wound up that I was a top honcho and I was for a long time up in the mines. Interviewer: How did the men, your fellow POWs, feel about you being a honcho? They liked me. I will say that, the men liked me, all my crew liked me because as a honcho, I would come along from car to car going to these guys, I had about 40 guys and I had about four men to a car so we had about ten cars. And I'd help guys load this car, and I'd help guys load that car, and some guys having a bad time with a (inaudible), I'd take that (inaudible). As a honcho, I didn't have to work but I did, and I worked hard, and I continuously helped guys, the weaker guys especially. And my guys did like me, I'm aware of that, yeah.

As a honcho, essentially a shop steward, Mr. Flegg was well liked by his men. He earned their respect because although he didn't have to work, he was always helping his men in the mine.

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
Winnipeg Grenadiers
Machine Gunner

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