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A Loving and Patriotic Man

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A Loving and Patriotic Man

There's not a Hong Kong Veteran living yet in Canada alive that's not closer to me than my own brother. Not one! Interviewer: So the bond between you men is still strong? It's unbelievable. We love each other, we really do. Interviewer: If you were a young man again, knowing what you know now, and the circumstances were the same, would you enlist again? Yes, I'm a Canadian! This is our country and boy as long as I was able, you'll find me out there to protect our land. Yes! I sure would. I wouldn't hesitate Interviewer: If you had the opportunity of speaking to young Canadians, and had the opportunity to speak to them about patriotism and duty, what would you say to young Canadians? Well I would express my opinion as the way I feel. And you know, I feel very strongly. And you know I've travelled quite a bit, I've been around the world, I've been all over the states, there's not a state in the US I haven't been in. I've been to England, I've been here and there. And there's, I've been to New Zealand and Australia, just went there this spring. And I don't think there's a country in the world, in my eyes and to my feeling, that's as good as Canada. And I'm proud to be a Canadian. And I would protect our Country, and I would express my opinions that way to anybody. I would never say no. Desert your country, don't to that, never. You stand by your country, it's your country, it's your home, you were raised here, you love it, it's good to you and you be good to it. That's the way I feel.

Mr. Flegg's love for his comrades and his country offer a compelling end to his war experience.

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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