Philip Ernest WITHAM [1899-1955]
John Black's list gives Date of Birth as 1900, and profession as "Tea Adviser to the Chinese Govt".
We get to hear a little about his background a lecture he gave in 1947. He was introduced as follows:
It is my great pleasure to introduce you to Mr. Witham, who is going to speak on "China Tea and Trade Routs"., tea being a subject of which he knows a great deal. After serving in the British Army during the first Great Wat, Mr Witham very wisely gave up a military career and went tea-planting in Assam, where he spent fourteen or fifteen years. He then entered the service of the Chinese Government in China, they being interested in improving the quality of the tea grown there, and in arranging for new and improved trade routes between the tea-growing countries of Asia and China. Mr Witham has a wide and varied experience of China. During the recent war he was interned as a prisoner of war for four years in Hong kong, but he does not seem any the worse for that experience.
The text of the full lecture is available at: