Duncan George MACPHERSON [1912-1989]
Duncan George MacPherson was in the HK police. He was a Lance-Sergeant in 1941 when captured by the Japanese and interned at Stanley prison camp.
Duncan married, Doris Emily Elizabeth Brooks, in the camp on 9 June 1943. Doris (my Aunt) was the daughter of Henry Tom Brooks, the Chief Officer of the Hong Kong Fire Brigade, who had retired to England a few years before the war in 1937. Doris had arrived in HK in 1922 from London, with her father, mother Emily and brother Ron Brooks - who was to follow in his father's footsteps as an officer in the HK Fire Brigade.
Duncan, was born in a crofters cottage in the Highlands of Scotland. He came from a big family and was a proud Scotsman who loved the Highlands, bagpipes, heather, hunting deer, fishing for trout - and his whisky!
Post-war Duncan was in the Criminal Investigation Department , he became a Commissioner of Police and was transferred to Kenya in 1954 - during the time of the Mau Mau rebellion. Duncan loved Africa, but became perturbed by the situation in Kenya and left the Police Force in 1957. He moved to New Zealand where he became Superintendent of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, when it was opened in 1959. In 1985 he and Doris moved from Auckland to Tauranga (200kms away) to be near the family of Ron Brooks who had retired from the Fire Service and arrived in NZ in late 1955. Duncan died in Tauranga in 1989.
As reported in the London Gazette on 11 April 1947, Duncan MacPherson was awarded the Kings Police and Fire Services medal for gallantry. His medals are held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland, New Zealand.