Ruth Emily ASHTON-HILL (née AUDSLEY) [1895-1989] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Ruth Emily ASHTON-HILL (née AUDSLEY) [1895-1989]

Ruth Emily
Birthplace (town, state): 
Wakefeld, Yorkshire
Birthplace (country): 

DoB from John Black's list is 1906, which gives Mrs Ashton-Hill's occupation in 1941 as "Lecturer". See comments below for earlier DoB.


When she arrived at Southampton 9 November 1945 on the Highland Monarch with many other returnees from Hong Kong, her name was shown as Ruth E Ashton HILL age 40 in the passenger list. Her occupation was lecturer Colonial Office and her address in the UK was 130 Plumstead Road Norwich Norfolk UK

I checked the Norwich address on the 1939 census and found a family named Audsley living there so then looked for Ruth E Audsley and found her in 1937 arriving in Plymouth from Trinidad. She was Ruth Emily Audsley age 31, address in the UK Grassmere  Plumstead Road Norwich, occupation lecturer, place of last permanent residence Trinidad. Country of future permanent residence Foreign Countries. She travelled to Trinidad in 1934 age 21 lecturer.

However the only birth of a Ruth Emily Audsley in the UK civil index  was registered  in Wakefeld Yorkshire 1895

Baptism Horbury 9 June 1895 Ruth Emily Audsley born 13 May 1895 daughter of Thomas Alfred Audsley mechanic and Sarah Barrat Audsley

1911 Census  268 Dereham Road Norwich, Norwich, Norfolk, England Ruth Emily Audsley age 15 scholar born Horbury Yorkshire

Probate Calendar HILL Ruth Emily or HILL Ruth Emily ASHTON- died 15 February 1989 at Beverley Nursing Home, Cromer, Norfolk UK

Death records there are two entries in the civil index showing both  HILL and ASHTON-HILL  as surnames and both show 13 May 1895 as her date of birth

Smith's Cards  Will of Robert Ashton Hill 1946.   3 April 1941 ?  c 1947 wife  University of Hong Kong lecturer in chemistry Ruth Emily Ashton Hill.

War Office: Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees, Second World War, 1942-1945

Lance Corporal 3893  Robert Ashton Hill born 1900 Liverpool Hiroshima POW Camp

Foreign Registers and Returns China    Robert Ashton Hill died 27 September 1944 Lenteuiji Camp

They all look to be the same lady, but her age certainly jumps about!

There are a couple of results for "Audsley" at HKGRO:

  1. Civil Establishments of Hongkong for the Year 1938: Refers to page J103, which shows her as a Mistress in the Education Department. Her first appointment was Dec 1st 1937, so that's likely when she first arrived in HK.
  2. HK Govt Gazette, 4 Feb 1938: No.85, Miss Ruth Emily Audsley to be an Assistant Mistress (Kindergarten), Education Department, with effect from 3rd February, 1938.