Ellen Martha FIELD (c.1912-c.1977)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Ellen Martha Field, humanitarian, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.

After the fall of Hong Kong, where she was living with her family, in December 1941, Ellen, a British national, avoided internment by claiming to be Irish.

She subsequently worked with the Colony’s Medical Officer Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke and a Japanese interpreter Kiyoshi Watanabe to provide humanitarian aid to the prisoners-of-war in Shamshuipo Camp.

Risking her life on many occasions Ellen also co-operated with Chinese operatives to assist prisoners to escape from Hong Kong to Free China.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 141
  • Subject No: 141
  • Broadcast live: Mon 5 Dec 1960
  • Broadcast time: 7.30-8.00pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 6
  • Edition: 12

on the guest list...

  • A Poole
  • Mr Cavill
  • Mr Brown
  • Sergeant Hanshaw
  • Sergeant Aubrey Flegg
  • Major Henry Marsh
  • Lt Col Graeme Crew RASC
  • Padre Davies
  • John Watanabe
  • Virginia Glasby – granddaughter
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Sophie Odell
  • Harry Odell
  • June Glasby
  • Wendy Lee – daughter

production team...

  • Researcher: Liam Nolan
  • Writer: Robert Stuart
  • Director: Michael Goodwin
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson
Series 6 subjects: Leonard Cheshire > George Bennett > David Sheppard > Sybil Thorndike > Clarence Wolfe > Charles Coward > T E B Clarke > Helene Jeanty-Raven > Cyril Smith > Victor de Spiganovicz > Bill Hartley > Ellen Martha Field > Anthony Deane-Drummond > John Mills > Richard Bancroft > Freddie Mills > William Simpson > Alan Herbert > Madame Vacani > Elizabeth Ambridge > Robert Fawcus > Flora Robson > Edward Chad Varah > James Zarb > Maryan Rawicz and Walter Landauer > James Chipperfield > Anthony Kimmins > Thomas Cosmo Jones > Jessie Matthews > Helen Wilson > Charlie Chester > Brunel Cohen > Godfrey Winn > Billy Wright