Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Woman of Steel and Courage: Elizabeth Choy

Besides the usual war heros who don arms and carry shields, today's spotlight is on a lady who smuggled medical supplies, radios, food and other necessities for POWs captured by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore during the Second World War.

Elizabeth Choy was caught by the Japanese after her husband and her were foudn to be smuggling medical supplies, radios, food and other necessities for POWs at the then Mental Hospital (Miyako Hospital). Captured on 15 November 1943, she endured 200 days of starvation and torture before the Japs released her.

After the War, celebrated as a survivor of the Japanese Occupation, she was invited to England and had an audience with Queen Elizabeth.

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