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Hi Monica,

You mentioned that Alexandra was in Hong Kong in 1941. I'm curious to know if she stayed in Hong Kong throughout the Japanese occupation, or was she able to leave before the fighting started?

Regards, David

David,

This looks like a picture of Alexandra and Robert's marriage certificate. Do you have it? I would be happy to tell you more about Alexandra, and am curious who you are. I am Robert and Alexandra's granddaughter.

Monica

Hi Monica,

Yes, the photo is the copy you uploaded a few days ago, I just turned it back the right way up to make it easier to read.

I run this Gwulo website, and am always interested to hear stories & memories of people who have lived here, and see old photos of how Hong Kong used to look. The stories of people who were in Hong Kong but outside the POW / internment camps are valuable because they are not very common.

Regards, David

Hi David,

First, thank you for this website! It has helped my family discover much about my grandmother and grandfather, whom we believed was MIA, presumed dead (1 of the five things I knew about him) until we discovered gwulo.

I am now in the process of finding and digesting what has become a firehose of information.

Alexandra was able to leave HK for the Philippines to rejoin her sister and mother. She eventually  made her way to the U.S. with my mother, Robert's daughter. I am not sure of the timing of her travel from Shanghai and Hong Kong to Manila, but do know that the Japanese were occupying for some of the time. My great grandmother (Alexandra's mother) was required to wear the Japanese flag badge or be shot on sight.

I post this here hoping for any information or news relating to Robert or Alexandra, family or friends. I am so grateful for what I have learned thus far, especially with the help of Paul Leslie and Brian Edgar.

With Gratitude,

Monica Wells

Hi Monica,

I'm very glad we've been able to help, and that you're finding out more about your family history. Fingers crossed you'll get more information.

Please let us know if you find out when your mother and grandmother made the journeys from HK to the Philippines, then from there to the US. There was an evacuation of women from Hong Kong to Australia via the Philippines in 1940, but you know they were still in HK in 1941 so it couldn't have been then. A mystery!

Regards, David