James MCDOUGALL (aka Sonny) [c.1914-1991] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

James MCDOUGALL (aka Sonny) [c.1914-1991]

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c.1914-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
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James McDougall
James McDougall, by Mark Collins
Civilian pass for Kai Tak
Civilian pass for Kai Tak, by Mark Collins

James was a private stationed in Hong Kong in 1940 with the Royal Scots: 3053495. He married before the war we believe MiMi ( last name given as Fung) as he returned to her post war and it is anotated that she is his wife living at 304 Jaffe Road ( Wan Chai?) on being released from Kobi.

During the War he was hospitalised very early in the invasion at ST Pauls Hospital very likely due to injuries on the Gin Drinkers Line or Golden Hill.

He is listed as being POW and at ShamShuiPo camp before boarding the LIsbon Marie. Surviving this he was taken on the Washington Maru to Moji.

James was one of the 12 that attended the fundraiser at the Queens pier for the chinese islanders/ fishermen who had helped save them from the Lisbon Maru.

James and MiMi had 4 children post war Robert, Stuart, Carol-Anne and MeeMee. Robert was Christened at English Methodist Church, Kennedy Road

James worked for the Star ferries as an inspector certainly from 25-10-1950 living at 37 Ashley Road (G.F.) Kowloon. We understand they also had a 'amah' orau pair at this time

They left HK in some haste in 1954 - arriving in the UK 24-12-1954, unfortunately both Meemee (days) and the MiMi (months) died very soon after arriving in the UK.

We would be delighted in any other information people have on their lives in Hong Kong, inparticular any links to MiMi's family. We know she had a sister who married a British man who also moved the the UK known as Minnie.


Do you have any documents that show the Chinese characters for MiMi or Minnie's names? That could help with your search for their family.

We dont have any documents, I appreciate the difficulty with this. She was Known as Mimi Susan Fung, and her death certificate mas in her married name of Mimi Susan Mcdougall.

Many thanks for your suggestion, I wish we did!

Her death was registered at the George Square Edinburgh registry in 1955 and her age at death was 33

Many thanks, yes we have that and cause of death, also little MeeMee's certificate. Difficulty is bridging the HK side of things with contacts or records. Thats difficult at the best of times let a lone the fact it covered the occupation.


Thanks you to eeryone who has looked out for us and replied