Patrick Young was a member of the Hong
Kong Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II and was interned by the Japanese Army
during his service. Consisting mainly of newsletters dedicated to the experiences of
military personnel in Asia during WWII, the Patrick Young Collection also includes
personal accounts of China collected by Young and a small selection of articles on the
topics of Shanghai and World War II-era prisoners of war.
Patrick Elliott Young was born in Shanghai, China on March 6, 1917 to British parents.
During his youth his family moved to Hong Kong and traveled to England every few years
for extended visits with family. In 1935, Patrick returned to Shanghai, where his
parents were living, and took a job with a water and heating company. In 1939, he began
working as a stenographer for the Canadian Pacific Steamship until joining the Hong Kong
Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1940. During WWII, Patrick Young was taken prisoner by the
Japanese Army and was sent to North Point and then to Yangtzepoo; he was interned for 3
years and 9 months. In March of 1946 he returned to England and was reunited with his
sweetheart, Sadie, who had also been interned in China during the war. The two married
soon after and returned to Shanghai where Patrick took a job with the Shanghai Shipping
Company. Patrick and Sadie had two daughters while in Shanghai and left the city in
1950, traveling first to Scotland and then Tokyo before moving to San Francisco in 1953.
Today Patrick and Sadie Young reside in Portland, Oregon.
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