The Arthur May Story

Hong Kong 1941-1945

Now available at Hong Kong Bookstores (Bookazine and Swindons), St John's Cathedral Bookshop, the Museum of Coastal Defence Souvenir Shop, the Maritime Museum Souvenier Shop and through Amazon

 

Arthur May is probably best remembered in Hong Kong for his daring feat, along with his friend Jim Brown, of hoisting the Union Jack on the Peak on 18th August 1945. This was soon after the Japanese surrender, but when the Japanese were still very much in charge of running Hong Kong and the various internment / prisoner of war camps.

 

Was the hoisting of the flag instrumental in reclaiming Hong Kong for the British or just a silly prank which may have caused an international incident?

 

Arthur, born 12th May 1907 in Redcar, England, died in Hong Kong in early 2000 at the age of 92. During his latter years he talked about what he had done during the three years and eight months of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from 1941 to 1945.

 

A few days after raising the flag he sailed to Macao in a sampan to seek approval from the British Government for Franklin Gimson, the senior British subject then in Hong Kong, to take over the administration of Hong Kong from the occupying Japanese forces.

 

Was his trip to Macao necessary?

 

How had Arthur remained out of internment for the majority of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and what did he do during this time?

 

While out of internment Arthur befriended some of the Indian soldiers, who had been coerced to become guards for the occupying Japanese forces in return for better conditions for themselves. This liaison continued and expanded into a spy network after Arthurís internment. It later assisted in preventing looting and disorder as British authority was re-established following the Japanese surrender.

 

Arthur died in early 2000 at the age of 92. During his latter years he talked and made notes on what he had done during the Japanese occupation.

 

This is Arthurís story based on contemporary records, his memory and his later notes.

 

Hong Kong Bookstores (Bookazine and Swindons), St John's Cathedral Bookshop, the Museum of Coastal Defence Souvenir Shop, the Maritime Museum Souvenier Shop and through Amazon.

 

ISBN 9781500859824

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Arthur May with his medals in 1992

 

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