The writing of this book was started in prisoner-of-war camp, when commanders came together under the leadership of Major Evan Stewart to record their knowledge of the events, but was largely completed after the war.

Stewart taught at St Paul’s College in Hong Kong, and served in France during the First World War. He returned to Hong Kong to teach at St Paul’s College, becoming Headmaster in 1930.

During the Battle for Hong Kong he commanded the Eurasian HKVDC No 3 (Machine Gun) Company. After the capture of Wong Nei Chung Gap by the Japanese, he organised the escape of six survivors and, although wounded, he made his own way back alone through enemy lines. His actions resulted in the award of the DSO.