A Union flag once hoisted to mark the end of the wartime Japanese occupation may be used at the official ceremony to mark Britain's departure from Hong Kong. Governor Chris Patten is considering using the same flag that flew from the Peak in August 1945 at the handover ceremony on June 30. If so, it would be a remarkable final chapter for the flag first discovered in a bombed-out bungalow as the Japanese invaded in December 1941. Government House spokesman Kerry McGlynn said: 'It is yet to be decided if it will be used at the final ceremony, but the Governor considers it a strong historical symbol for Hong Kong and Britain.' Otherwise, the flag may be used at the British farewell ceremony in East Tamar at dusk - when it will still be seen on television by millions worldwide. Former prisoner-of-war Jack Edwards, of the Royal British Legion, said using the flag would recall a time when British and Chinese soldiers were allies. 'It stands for the liberation of Hong Kong after three years and eight months of occupation, and it stands for the values of justice and freedom that we fought for in the war,' he said. The flag was found by former Hong Kong volunteer soldier Arthur May in Christmas 1941 as the Japanese invaded. His wife Louise, 78, said they were 'keeping their fingers crossed' that his find might be used once more. She confirmed her husband, now 89, found the flag in the rubble of a ruined building on the slopes of the Peak as the enemy advanced. Overcome by the significance of the moment, he hid it in a cushion at his parents' home nearby. On August 15, 1945, news came that Japan had surrendered. Before dawn on August 18, Mr May and a friend, Jim Brown, slipped out of their internment camp in Kowloon and crossed Victoria Harbour in a sampan. After retrieving the flag they climbed the Peak and raised the Union flag over Hong Kong for the first time in four years.