Thomas Abednego NICHOLAS [1893-1942]

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Thomas Abednego
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Newport, Pembrokeshire
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Thomas Abegnego Nicholas was my husband's great uncle. He was born in Newport, Pembrokeshire on the 5th May 1893. He was a merchant seaman on the M V Fook ship he was the ship's officer. He died at the Stanley Camp on the 31st October 1942 aged 48.
Does anyone have any further details?

I think the middle name has a "d", is that right?

Tony Banham's website ( lists him as:

Nicholas, T.A. IAKH

Which means he was interned at the Kowloon Hotel before moving on to Stanley Camp.

Do you know if he was just on a ship that happened to be in Hong Kong in December 1941, or if he lived in Hong Kong?

You might find other mentions of him in some of these resources:

Regards, David

Hi David

We know nothing of Thomas's circumstances, but know he was a merchant seaman and was on the M V FOOK ON. We presume he was just on a ship. My father in law only ever knew he had a uncle who went to China!
Is it possible to make contact with the lady who mentions his name in her diary? Would she have any further information?

Hi Lindsay,

I asked Barbara (the lady who mentions his name in her diary). She replies:

Sorry I don't know anything more about Mr. Nicolas, but in Greg Leck's list of internees, he is shown as 'died TB'. 

The roll-of-honour website says he was the Chief Officer on the M V Fook On. (Definition of Chief Officer: You might want to investigate which company owned the M V Fook On, and whether they have any records of Thomas.

Please let us know if you find out any more.

Regards, David


I have a record of MV Fook On as a British registered ship belonging to the Sai Ming Steam Ship Co - it was in harbour on 8th Dec 1941 when war broke out and was subsequently "sunk in Kowloon Bay probably by own gun fire" 

Best regards,  Philip Cracknell