If Japan goes to war there is not the slightest chance of holding Hong Kong or relieving it. It is most unwise to increase the loss we shall suffer there. Instead of increasing the garrison it ought to be reduced. Japan will think twice before declaring war on the British Empire, and whether there are two or six battalions at Hong Kong will make no difference. I wish we had fewer troops there, but to move any would be noticeable and dangerous. (Winston Churchill in January 1941 to General Hastings Ismay).
|Major-General Maltby with Brigadier John Lawson|
After the surrender, Maltby was incarcerated as a prisoner of war in Hong Kong, Formosa, and Manchuria. He was incarcerated for three-and-a-half years until liberation in August 1945. He was firstly held in Sham Shui Po POW Camp and then in April 1942 moved to Argyle Street Officers Camp.
|A crayon drawing depicting Maltby's hut in Argyle Street Camp.|
|Flagstaff House today (Source: HK Govt.)|
|Drawing by Lt Alexander Skvorzov (Courtesy of Luba Estes)|
The photographs below show Major-General Maltby looking thin and strained but happy following his release from POW Camp.
|Major-Gen. Maltby and Sir Mark Young both looking emaciated after liberation in Sept 1945|
|Maj.-Gen. Maltby with American troops and holding a captured samurai sword still in possession of the family today (IWM)|
|Photo of Major-General Maltby from Passport to Eternity (1956) by Ralph Goodwin|
James Barnes for additional information sources.
Luba Estes for the sketch of Michael Maltby drawn by her father Lt A.V. Skvorzov, HKVDC
Article on Major--General Maltby by Tony Banham in Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography (2012) edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher Munn.
Private Papers, consisting of a commonplace book and a scrapbook, held at the Imperial War Museum. The commonplace book is dedicated to his two daughters who he affectionately calls the rabbits.