Category: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA - Military - World War II
REFUGEE & EVACUEE MAIL: 1942 POW Envelope from a POW in Hong Kong to his wife "Hong Kong Evacuee/Hong Kong Liaison Officer/Sydney"; 1943 from Brazil endorsed ".../Toronto/Canada" on the flap to "Hong Kong Liaison Officer/For Hong Kong Evacuees/Sydney", non-contemporary note "Gripsholm" on the reverse; and surface & airmail covers to London to Friends Committee for Refugees & Aliens or the Jewish Refugees Committee: see also Lots 281447 & 281448 .
The "Gripsholm" was a Swedish ship that made two exchanges of mail between Japanese-held territory & Allied territories by way of Portuguese India or Mozambique. FW Webb at page 199 states there were only two mail despatches from Hong Kong during the war, in 1942 & 1943, both via Mozambique. These were per Japanese ship "Asama Maru": see the next two lots.
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