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Liverpool's lost WWII Chinese sailors

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An extract:
"The treatment of Chinese sailors in the UK port of Liverpool 60 years ago was one of the most shameful episodes in the history of UK race relations.

Wives were left without husbands, and children without fathers.

Only recently has the truth fully come to light, and only recently have those now grown-up children learned that their fathers did not desert them all those years ago.
The Chinese contingent served on the Atlantic convoys, Britain's merchant fleet, which brought armaments and food from America.

Some died on the high seas, trying to keep Britain's lifeline open.

Many of the survivors, on shore-leave, put down roots in Liverpool, married British women and sired children.

But as soon as the war was over, during a series of police swoops on the Liverpool dock area, deportation orders were served on the Chinese sailors.

"He just went out to the shop, and my mum was waiting for him to come home, and he never came," Linda Davis said of her father.
I thought this is quite a sad and appalling story. This event came up recently because some official papers on the incident was recently discovered.

One of the children Margaret Taylor stated that "I try to put it out of my mind because I know I'll never meet him."

But I was wondering, there are still WWII survivors alive today and there is a chance that a number of these sailors could still be alive in China. Should not someone or perhaps the government at least try to make contact. Even if the father is already dead, at least contact could be made with the family of the father so that the children could know about their fathers or meet family members they never knew existed before.
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That was completely heartless, especially since they were deported to a country in the midst of a civil war.
I certainly hope that some attempt will be made by the UK and Chinese governments to establish contacts between the family members. Some of these men are almost certainly alive.
Twenty-three years ago a German man, after going through a lot of red tape, managed to contact my mother - his first cousin. Her uncle fought in WWII, and was a member of the Occupation forces after the war. He got involved with a German woman whose husband was MIA and presumed dead. Her husband turned up alive (he'd been captured and held by the Soviets), and the relationship ended. My great-uncle never knew he'd fathered a son, and B. didn't know that his father wasn't actually his biological father until long after he'd died. Although he didn't get to meet his biological father, who died in 1969, he did meet his aunts and cousins, and still keeps in touch with the latter.
The weirdest part of the story is that we'd met a couple of times before he tried to find his American relatives - when I accompanied his/my mom's first cousin to semi-business lunches or dinners any time he was doing business in Germany (and checking up on my welfare). They did business together for years, without knowing they were related.
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