Cruz, Turíbio José


Private Hong Kong Volunteers Defence Corps
Unit –  HKVDC

Birth place – Hong Kong
Birth date – 23/ 03/ 1917
Death date – 26/ 03/1975
Father – José Francisco Cruz
Mother – Ricarda Maria de Jesus


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Turíbio Cruz in Sendai
(Photograph in public domain)

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Prisoner card of Turíbio Cruz

Born in March 23, 1917 in Hong Kong, son of the Portuguese José and Ricarda de Jesus Cruz, Turíbio Cruz was a volunteer soldier in the military force "Hong Kong Volunteers Defence Corps" in Hong Kong.

After the Japanese conquest of Hong Kong, he was taken prisoner and initially sent to the Sham Shui Po internment camp. Along with other Portuguese and Allied prisoners, on April 29, 1944, he was transported to Sendai camp, Japan, where he was kept until his release.

He survived the war and died on March 26, 1975.

António Fragoeiro