Adm Chan Chak with his "Lo Hons" and Chinese Officials at the "Wai On hospital complex" run by the Seventh Day Eventist in Waichow on 30th December 1941: Photo from Buddy Hide's collection ©
Back: Christensen, Pawley, Hide, Ross, Dyer, Wright, Cox-Walker, Stonell, Thums, Meadows, Brazel, Gurd, Arnold, Hempenstall, MacDougall, McQueen, Foster, Quixall
3rd: Halladay, Marchant, Skinner, Holmes, Whatley, Brogden , A/P.O. Priestley , Kelly , Downey , Holt, Evans, Purchase , Rutter, Penny, P.O. Moore , Thorpe, L/S Barker, Schillemore, Carr, Hill, Charleson, Burrows, Rann, Deakin, Gavaghan, Moore.
2nd: Capt Macmillan, Supt Robinson, Sq-Ldr Oxford, Lt Pittendrigh, Lt Ashby, Lt Collingwood, Lt-Cmd Gandy, Cdr Montague, Adm Chan-Chak, Lt-Gen Wang Dafu , Lt-Gen Chen Qi, Lt-Cmd Yorath , Maj Goring, Capt Guest, Lt Parsons , Lt Kennedy.
1st: Bruce [Ships Dog], Sub-Lt Gee , Maj-Gen Fu , Mr Au Yeung, Coxswain Yeung Chuen, Lt-Cmd Hsu Heng (Henry), Maj-Gen Tung, Sub-Lt Legge , Sub-Lt Brewer .
The White Ensign had been saved from the scuttling and was draped alongside the Chinese Nationalist flag.
The 12 survivors of the Cornflower launch party
Back: Supt Bill Robinson , W-O Wright, Capt Peter Macmillan,Capt Reginold Guest, Coxswain Leung Chuen, Ted Ross
2nd: David MacDougall, Adm Chan Chak, Major Goring, Squadron Leader Max Oxford
1st: Cadet Holger Christensen, Lt Cdr Henry Heng Hsu
Senior Sino-British Naval officers with nursing staff at Waichow
Back Row: Lt Kennedy RNVR, Lt-Cmd Hsu Heng (Henry) CN, Lt-Cmd Gandy RN (Rtrd), Lt-Cmd Yorath RN (Rtrd), Cdr Montague RN (Rtrd), Lt Parsons HKRNVR, Lt Ashby HKRNVR, Lt Collingwood RN,
Front Row: Sub-Lt Gee HKRNVR, Sub-Lt Brewer HKRNVR, Sub-Lt Legge HKRNVR, and nurses at Waichow.
The escape party left Aberdeen in HMS Cornflower's launch down Aberdeen South channel where they were shot up by the Japanese from Pill Box 12 and Brick Hill. Colonel Yee Shiu Kee could not swim and stayed on the launch along with the badly wounded Captain Damgaard. Both survived after spending the night drifting in the launch. Yee Shiu Kee escaped with the help of local fishermen to China. Damgaard, whowas shot through both legs survived the war. Forster JJ. and D Harley [2nd Engineer SS Yatshing] were both shot and killed.
HMS Cornflower's ships crest mounted in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club on what was formerly Kellett Island
Service number prefix:
C = Chatham
D = Devonport
P = Portsmouth
C.410 Berthing Tug Polly
Skiff to MTB's
Escape Launch (Cornflower II)
Citations posted in The London Gazette 1942 For daring and resource in Far Eastern waters and the escape:
K.B.E. [Military] Chan Chak; Vice Adm CN (Only one previous Chinese national had ever gained this most prestigious award.)
C.B.E. Yee Shiu Kee; Colonel CPA.
M.B.E. McEwan Colin M; S.O.E.
O.B.E. Montague Hugh Monthermer; Cdr R. N. (Retd) Hsu Henry Heng; Lt-Cmd CN.
D.S.C. Ashby Ronald Robert Wilson; Lt H.K.R.N.V.R. Wright William Morley; Warrant-Officer H.K.R.N.V.R.
King's Medal for Courage in the Cause of Freedom Leung Wingyuen
Mention in Despatches:
Duckworth,Tom Greenwood; Telegraphist
R. N. P/JX202851. [Posthumous]
Montague Hugh Monthermer; Cdr R. N. Retd.
Gandy Gerard Horace; Lt-Cmd R. N. Retd.
Collingwood Cuthbert John; Lt R. N.
Kennedy Alexander; Lt R.N.V.R.
Pittendrigh Arthur; Lt R.N.R.
Thums Gilbert; Chief Petty Officer RN D/J.96352
Prest John William; Petty Officer R. N. P/JX128494.
Hide Stephen John; Petty Officer R. N. P/KX82873.
Priestley Ronald John Charles; Petty Officer R. N. P/KX81900.
Stonell Robert Henry; Petty Officer R. N P/KX.80217
Schillemore William Arthur; Leading Seaman R. N. P/JX142194.
Rutter Albert Edward; Able Seaman R. N. D/JX.134658
Christensen Holger; Cadet M. N.
16th December 1941 IJA Bomb
Bush, Lewis; Sub-Lieutenant HKRNVR; PoW
*** Hughieson, Jack H; Telegraphist P/WRX456
*** Kilbee,Laurence Dudley, Lieutenant HKRNVR: PoW
19th December 1941 MTB action
*** = Contact established with descendents/family
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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