Bob Tatz in Hong Kong last month at Pier 8 in Central. Now 88, he has written a book about his memories of the Japanese attack on the then British colony and his time as an orphan in captivity in the city. Photo: Antony Dickson

Too young to know he should cry: a wartime orphan in Hong Kong and his Empire of the Sun life

  • ‘It was great in Stanley. No one told me to wash, no one told me to brush my teeth and no one told me to brush my hair. For me, it was heaven’
  • Canadian Bob Tatz, 88, recalls Japanese bombing Hong Kong, fleeing troops on a Star Ferry, his lonely life as a prisoner, and his return to work in the colony
Topic |   Legacy of war in Asia

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Bob Tatz in Hong Kong last month at Pier 8 in Central. Now 88, he has written a book about his memories of the Japanese attack on the then British colony and his time as an orphan in captivity in the city. Photo: Antony Dickson
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Stuart Heaver

Stuart Heaver

Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.