THE continuing fight for British passports for the territory's World War II veterans and widows has suffered a blow with the death of campaigner Terry Leonard. The 88-year-old Hong Kong-born Eurasian war veteran, himself granted British citizenship only seven years ago, died over the holiday after long-term intestinal problems. He took with him many years of petitioning for passports and better conditions for Hong Kong's ex-servicemen and their families. Chairman of the Prisoners of War Association, Jack Edwards, said the tragedy of Leonard's death was in his failure to see his goal of securing a passport for his wife, Lillian, 69, who holds Hong Kong travel documents. 'He fought so hard to help us with passports for the wives of former servicemen and was unable to secure one for his own wife. 'It's tragic, particularly as this is the 50th anniversary since the war's end, but I know he will want us to continue the fight.' He said Leonard's death had reduced the number of surviving servicemen in the territory to 'less than 20'. He also gave details about the continuing delay in the issuing of citizenship to the wives and widows. Mr Edwards helped lobby for British passports for former servicemen, including Leonard, during the early 80s by citing the 1981 Immigration Act which entitles those who serve under the Crown in its colonies the right to British citizenship. Mrs Leonard, who frequently joined her husband during petitions, was among the many wives yet to be granted citizenship under the same act and vowed to continue in his footsteps until his goals were met. She said: 'He wasn't given British citizenship for 41 years after the war. It is disgusting, after he worked so hard. 'Now my husband is gone and taken his passport with him. Where does that leave me?' Mr Edwards agreed Mrs Leonard has now been left in the cold until she received the security of a passport. 'A passport is the only protection these ladies have,' he said. 'Terry took his campaigning with him when he left us, but we will continue his efforts.' Serving in the Royal Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps with three of his brothers, Leonard was captured while defending Jardine's Lookout from Japanese troops in 1941. He was sent to Shamshuipo prison camp where he remained for more than three years before being transferred to the Toyoma Camp in Japan, where he remained until the end of the war. He was one of a select few to represent Hong Kong during the victory parade in London in 1946. Leonard is survived by his wife, children Carolyn and Phillip, sister Norah and brother Norman.