Major Gen. Maltby and Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Aitchison Young discussing the arrangement of surrender of the British garrison in Hong Kong at Peninsula Hotel,25th December 1941
25th December 1941 saw the inevitable collapse of the British defences on Hong Kong island. Kowloon was completely lost on 14th December. The defenders faced an attacker more than triple of their size. They knew that there would not have been any support arriving but fought valiantly till the end. Canada also receive their first WW2 Victoria Cross in Hong Kong.
There are candles on the table because electricity was cut off at the hotel. The room was previously occupied by the defenders and acted as the HQ before Kowloon fell to Japanese hand.