World War life stories in Hong Kong to be made public
01 December 2014
Fresh insights into casualties of the world wars commemorated in
Hong Kong will be revealed at the unveiling of an interactive
visitor information panel at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
(CWGC) Sai Wan War Cemetery on 4 December.
Over 100 of the graves at Sai Wan commemorate Commonwealth
forces who died from injuries suffered in a First World War battle
in China over the leased German port of Tsingtao. Most died later
in Hong Kong hospitals.
In the Second World War, many Canadian and British forces fell
defending Hong Kong from a Japanese invasion. 2,000 Canadian
soldiers had arrived in Hong Kong in 1941 to support a small
Life stories, digital photography and military records of the
casualties from both conflicts are to be made available to
smartphones users at both Sai Wan and Stanley Military Cemeteries
for the first time as part of a centenary project overseen by the
Visitors can use their phones to scan a code that navigates to a
website revealing the backstories of those commemorated
including Canadian Private Nicholas Pastuck, who was taken
prisoner when Hong Kong surrendered to Japan on Christmas Day
Click here to learn
more about Private Pastuck via the microsite that will be accessed
by those using the interactive panels at CWGC Sai Wan War
The panel will be unveiled by new CWGC Director General Victoria
Wallace, who will also launch the Commission's new print guide to
Hong Kong's world war commemorations. It follows on from the
installation of an interactive panel at Stanley Military Cemetery
The CWGC commemorates 6,500 casualties of the two world wars
across twenty cemeteries in Hong Kong.
Barry Murphy, CWGC Director, Africa and Asia Pacific Area, said:
"In this centenary year of the First World War, the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission is preserving the memory of the Commonwealth
servicemen who lost their lives in Hong Kong during both wars
through the installation of interactive visitors panels. We hope
local residents, business visitors and tourists alike will visit
either of the two cemeteries where the interactive panels are being
installed, in order to learn more about Hong Kong's role in two
important chapters of 20th Century history."
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