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Author Reeves, John Pownall, 1909-1978, author

Title The lone flag : memoir of the British Consul in Macao during World War II / John Pownall Reeves ; with contributions by David Calthorpe ; edited by Colin Day, Richard Garett
Published Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 213 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :$billustrations)
Series Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series
Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong studies series.
Contents Preface and Introduction / by Colin Day -- Macao during World War II / by Richard Garrett -- The Lone Flag / by John Pownall Reeves -- Introduction -- Poem: The Song of the Second Secretary -- The Beginning -- Getting Going -- 'The Situation' -- Organization -- Parochial -- Relief -- Medical -- Other Countries' Interests -- Morale -- Thrills, More or Less -- Odds and Ends -- Post-War -- Appendix 1. 'Macao's Greetings: British Consul Sends Congratulations' -- Appendix 2. 'V-J Day Celebrations at Melco Club' -- Appendix 3. 'Mr Reeves Eulogised by Hongkong Portuguese Community' -- Appendix 4. 'British Eurasians Pay Tribute to Consul' -- Appendix 5. 'Festa de homenagem' (Tribute Party) -- Appendix 6. 'Macao Leave Centre Very Popular' -- Appendix 7. 'High Tradition of the Consular Service Maintained by Mr. J. P. Reeves' -- Appendix 8. Message from Chungking dated 13 August 1945 -- Appendix 9. 'Chinese Want British Rule for Hong Kong' -- Appendix 10. '9000 Cared for in Macao: Untiring Work by British Consul' -- Appendix 11. 'He Kept the Flag Flying for Four Years' -- About The Lone Flag and John Pownall Reeves / by David Calthorpe -- Notes -- Index
Summary When Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941, Macao was left as a tiny isolated enclave on the China Coast surrounded by Japanese-held territory. As a Portuguese colony, Macao was neutral, and John Reeves, the British Consul, could remain there and continue his work despite being surrounded in all directions by his country's enemy. His main task was to provide relief to the 9,000 or more people who crossed the Pearl River from Hong Kong to take refuge in Macao and who had a claim for support from the British Consul. The core of this book is John Reeves' memoir of those extraordinary years and of his tireless efforts to provide food, shelter and medical care for the refugees. He coped with these challenges as Macao's own people faced starvation. Despite Macao's neutrality, it was thoroughly infiltrated by Japanese agents. Marked for assassination, he had to have armed guards as he went about his business. He also had to navigate the complexities of multiple intelligence agencies -- British, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese Nationalist -- in a place that was described as the Casablanca of the Far East
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [181]-197) and index
Notes Description based on print record
Subject Reeves, John Pownall, 1909-1978 -- Career in diplomatic and consular service
Diplomatic and consular service, British -- China -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees -- China -- Macau (Special Administrative Region)
World War, 1939-1945 -- China -- Macau (Special Administrative Region)
Macau (China : Special Administrative Region) -- History -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
Author Calthorpe, David, writer of added text
Day, Colin, editor
Garett, Richard, editor
ISBN 9789888268375 (electronic bk)
9888268376 (electronic bk)