Tyler Wentzell


This article contextualises and reproduces the diary kept by Brigadier J. K. Lawson during his command of C Force at the Battle of Hong Kong. The diary covers events from Lawson’s departure from Ottawa by rail on 23 October 1941 until his death in battle on 19 December. Allied soldiers hid Lawson’s diary and other effects from Japanese guards during four long years of imprisonment and had them delivered to his widow after the war.