Bruce the Ships Dog - Escape from Hong Kong



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Ships dog Bruce [MTB 11]

Bruce escaped from Hong Kong with the 2nd MTB Flotilla under the command of Adm Chan Chak C.N. on Christmas Day 1941 as the Colony surrendered to the overwhelming forces of the Imperial Japanese Army.

Bruce, the ships dog, accompanied the escape party through the Japanese lines to Waichow and beyond for one thousand three hundred and eighty miles (2,221 Km). Michael Sullivan who went on to be a leading Chinese art historian was driving for the Friends Ambulance Unit stationed at the Red Cross Centre near Guiyang took over Brucey's welfare. Later in 1942 Michael settled in Chengdu working at the museum of the West China Union University. [30]

Photos from Lt C J Collingwood's collection ©









Sub-Lt David Legge with the ships dog Brucey.

Photo from Lt C J Collingwood's collection ©











Sub-Lt Jack Eager playing with Bruce the Ships Dog.

Photo from Lt C J Collingwood's collection ©









Bruce on the escape




Ships Company with Bruce at Kukong (Shaoguan) 6th January 1942








Research and web publication by Buddy Hide Jnr ©

The contents of this web site led to a considerable number of escapee families contacting me and now each other, and remains the principle source of contact and private information for the spin off projects that have followed. The personal accounts enabled me to record the complete and true account of this remarkable episode of Sino-British war time co-operation. The information compiled here has directly resulted in a museum exhibition in Hong Kong, a re-enactment of the escape in Hong Kong and China, with a movie drama and documentary in the making.

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