This is a very interesting, colourful and detailed
description of events from December 1941 until May 1943. Sgt Porter was
moved to Japan in Dec 1943 and we are not sure if the complete journal
is published here, or if there are parts that were lost. According to
some entries, Sgt Porter planned to leave this diary in Hong Kong when
he was included in a draft to Japan.
In addition to battle details it describes life as
a POW including much of the human side. Sgt Porter also provides an
insight into his thoughts and dreams that undoubtedly bolstered his
morale during these years of imprisonment.
It is a valuable addition to the growing library
documenting events of the Battle of Hong Kong.
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This journal was scanned from a typed paper copy,
then optical character reading (OCR) software was used to convert it
to digital so it could be searched online. As time goes on we are
working on cleaning up the online version you see here, focusing on
names of people to ensure correct spelling. This task, including
reformatting where needed, will be ongoing for some time. Please note that most of the errors you see are due to limitations
of the OCR software and should not be attributed to Sgt Porter.
Changes made to spelling to agree with
McCarthey changed to McCarthy
Wunchai changed to Wanchai
Drawings found in the journal are reproduced
as images. Clicking on a thumbnail will display a larger version.
The journal is divided into several web pages
for more efficient page loading and reading. Look for a navigation
bar on each page (see below).
Some editorial comments have been inserted,
mostly to correct a name misspelled in the original, but in general
the original content has been left undisturbed as much as possible.
Some minor portions have been not included
where there was no contribution to the historical record.
The journal is reproduced on this site with
the kind permission of Sgt Porter's family. HKVCA would like to
thank them for their generosity and contribution to the historical
documentation of the events in Hong Kong.