Stop construction of water pipeline at Pillbox 2 war shrine in Hong Kong.
The Water Supplies Dept of the HK Government are constructing an ugly water pipeline supported by concrete blocks right outside Pillbox 2 (PB2) on Jardines Lookout. This pillbox and the nearby PB 1 were involved in a fierce fight with Japanese troops on Friday December 19th 1941. The soldiers in these pillboxes were mostly made up of locally recruited Volunteers from No. 3 Company Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corp. Each pillbox was augmented by Canadian soldiers from Winnipeg Grenadiers. The PBs accounted for a large number of Japanese casualties from Colonel Shoji's 230th Infantry Regiment who had landed at North Point during the night of Thursday 18th December 1941 and advanced on Wong Nai Chung Gap during the early hours of 19th December along a track known as Sir Cecil's Ride. The pillboxes fought throughout the day until they were eventually forced to surrender. A number of the defenders were killed at both pillboxes and in the are between and many more were wounded. The non-walking wounded were left at PB2 and put to death by the Japanese. These two pillboxes located on the western slopes of Jardines Lookout form part of the Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail also known as the "battle trail" with information boards at intervals along the trail. The two pillboxes are regarded as war shrines and should be respected. We are asking the Water Supplies Department to stop construction and relocate the pipeline five metres to the south on the other side of the path. The way it has been built in front of PB2 is tantamount to a desecration of what is an historic site and a war shrine. Please sign the petition. The crews of these two pillboxes deserve better.
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