Last week my dear friend Joan Wood passed away in New Milton, a few days before her 99th birthday. Pre-war We had been colleagues as Stenographers with the HK Government.
During the battle for HK, Joan was a VAD nurse at Bowen Road Military Hospital. Her father was killed by the Japanese soon after they landed on the island. Joan had married Reggie Wood before our war: Joan and her mother ended up in Stanley Camp. Reggie served in the Wavy Navy HKong and was a pow in Kowloon.
After the war they had two sons, who went to school in HK with my children. After retirement Joan and Reg settled in New Milton, where Reg passed away some 20 years ago.
The Woods were great friends of ours for all our adult lives, I shall miss Joan's phone calls.
There is a great photo in The China Mail of Lieutenant Reginald Bertram Wood and Isabella Joan Seath at their wedding St John's Cathedral which took place 9th December 1940
Source: China Mail, page 3, 10th December 1940
...and another photo...
Source: Hong Kong Daily Press, page 6, 10th December 1940
Birth 7 February 1919 (Ancestry Tree)
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