[Lest we Forget] Veteran passed away, participated the Defense of Hong Kong in WWII
[Lest we Forget] Veteran passed away, participated the Defense of Hong Kong in WWII

[Lest we Forget] Veteran passed away, participated the Defense of Hong Kong in WWII

Peter Choi, the veteran who had participated in the Defense of Hong Kong, or commonly known as Battle of Hong Kong War in World War II. He was born in August 1922, is a veteran of the Battle of Hong Kong War. He passed away on August 7, 2020, and missed the big day of 75-year surrender of the Japanese army.

The battle to defend Hong Kong that Peter Choi participated in broke out on December 8, 1941. At around 6 o’clock in the morning in the same day, 26 Japanese bombers came under the cover of fighter jets to the sky over Kai Tak Airport. Due to the weak defense of the defenders, the Japanese easily destroyed the passenger planes on the runway and the remaining RAF fighters, kicking off the defense war for 18 days.

During the war, Peter Choi and his teammates were stationed in Kellett Bay on Hong Kong Island. They shot down a Japanese Type 94 reconnaissance jet with anti-aircraft artillery. The Japanese army did not dare to send planes over the area until the end of the war. After the defenders surrendered, Peter Choi became the informer of the British Army Service Corps at the Admiralty Naval Dockyard, and then went to China to join the National Army.

Little Brief - Defense of Hong Kong War

The Hong Kong Government had learned from the Prime Minister of Thailand on December 3, that the Pacific War had a chance to break out. When the Japanese army assembled in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam on December 5. Christopher Michael Maltby, the commander-in-chief of the Hong Kong, had already ordered the assembly of the British troops in Hong Kong.

On December 8, 1941, the Japanese army invaded Hong Kong formally. At about 6 am, 26 Japanese bombers took off from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, and under the cover of fighter jets, they reached the sky above Kai Tak Airport. The Japanese army captured Kowloon on December 13 and landed on Hong Kong Island on the night of December 18, but encountered strong resistance from the British Troops.

From the 19th, the two sides broke out fierce fighting in Wong Nai Chung Gap, Repulse Bay and Stanley. On the 24th, the British army was exhausted under isolation and helplessness. Many counterattacks failed to match the Japanese army, which was clearly superior in force and firepower, and was unable to reverse the defeat.

The Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Aitchison Young, decided to surrender on December 25. The British troops stopped fighting and surrendered on December 26, and the war was over. Hong Kong entered the Japanese occupation period which lasted for “three years and eight months“, until Japan was defeated and surrendered on August 15, 1945, and Hong Kong was reborn on August 30 in the same year.

Like many veterans, Peter Choi contributed his youth, and even his life to the freedom and peace of Hong Kong, so that we can enjoy stability and prosperity. Rest In Peace. Lest We Forget.

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  1. May this man, Peter Choi rest in peace.
    I’ve not heard of him before but your article tells all about him and his good works.

    Once again, may his soul rest in peace.

    1. Ling Tse

      Hello Albright, thank you for your comment. It’s not surprising that if you never heard of Peter Choi. Because he is one of veterans who has participated in Battle of Hong Kong in 1941, during WWII. May his soul rest in peace.

      Have a nice day and stay safe,

  2. Sarina

    Great history lesson for me.
    It takes a lot of courage, guts and commitment to be a hero to the country. Thanks to people like him.

    1. Ling Tse

      Hello Sarina, thank you for your comments. Everyone needs a lot of courage and serve for their countries, including armed soldiers, veteran and whom lost their lives in wars, so that we could live in peace and the greatest world. RIP to all whom lost lives in wars, lest we forget.


  3. Marilyn Murray

    I see that you like History that is great, but the people that your sight will be addressing would be limited .

    What is your niche for your website?
    I read your Bio and in there I saw about 5 diffrent things you want to do and on this post there are more than one subject .
    One of the first things we learn is to define your niche in that way we will be more forcus on the subject at hand.
    Maybe am wrong but am having a little trouble in defining your site and seeing how you will be able to add affililiate to it.

    Much Success

    1. Ling Tse

      Hello Marilyn, thank you for your comments. The concept of our website is sharing information relating to Remembrance Poppy, UK, Hong Kong. Rights of British National (Overseas) are one of our concepts also, and respect human rights. What did you define on our website? 🙂

      Have a nice day,
      Ling T

  4. John D.

    Well documented, I find it great that someone is out there writing stories about a war that took place so long ago. As well as paying tribute to a fallen hero. Thank you for telling us about a man who defended this great nation of ours. As a veteran myself, I can say you did this with the utmost respect. Great job,keep up the the research.

    1. Ling Tse

      Hello John,

      Thank you for your comment. We respect veterans and soldiers a lot, and it’s one of concepts of our website and team. We would like to let everyone understand wars and our soldiers how they participated wars and sacrificed their lives, so we can live in peace nowadays. Your comment is our motion. You are welcome to drop by and leave us comments anytime.

      Have a nice day.

      Ling T