Doris Emily Elizabeth MACPHERSON (née BROOKS, aka Zoe) [1913-2000]
Doris Emily Elizabeth MacPherson (nee Brooks), was interned in Stanley Prison Camp by the Japanese. She married Lance-Sergeant Duncan MacPherson of the Hong Kong Police in Stanley prison camp on 9 June 1943.
Doris was the daughter of Henry Tom Brooks who was appointed Superintendent of the Hong Kong Fire Brigade in 1922. She was 9 years old when she arrived in HK from London with her father, brother Roland, and mother Emily.
Initially the Brooks family lived at the Kowloon Fire Station and then moved in 1926 to the Central Fire Station in Des Voeux Road. Although war records list Doris as 'a nurse', she worked as a stenographer prior to the war. Unfortunately she ignored her brother's advice to board the evacuation ship taking the women and children to Australia and was consequently interned by the Japanese for the duration of the war.
Post-war Duncan was a police officer in the CID and a Commissioner when he was transferred to Kenya in 1954, at the time of the Mau Mau uprising. Doris moved with her husband to Kenya and then to New Zealand in 1957, where they lived near her brother Roland Henry John Brooks (Ron) and his family, who had arrived a few years prior from Hong Kong. The MacPherson's had no children. However, Doris, my aunt had a close bond with her brother's six children. She died in Tauranga, New Zealand, in 2000.