James Henry KYNOCH [c.1882-1926] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

James Henry KYNOCH [c.1882-1926]

James Henry
c.1882-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
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C.E. Warren's funeral

James Kynoch was Senior Inspector of Works at the time of his death and had been with the PWD for 18 years. He had worked on the construction of the Panama Canal. He was one of the original promoters of the Kowloon Golf Club, a member of the Kowloon Cricket Club and a member of the Committee of the Union Church, Kowloon. He seems to have been a long standing friend and PWD contact of my grandfather, Charles Warren and a Kowloon neighbour. He is one of the twenty or so people listed in the SCMP as attending Charles Warren's funeral at St Michael's Cemetery in June 1923. He died at an even younger age only three years later.


Birth registered  1883  St George registration district Edinburgh

No record of a death in Scotland

Death 5 February 1926 ( Carl Smith Card)

Passenger List 10 October 1921 London to Hong Kong

 James Henry Kynoch 38 civil servant

Catherine   Kynoch 34

Edna Kynoch 3 

Kynoch's funeral is covered in the HK Telegraph dated 8 February 1926 here

Text from the HK Telegraph report:


Many Friends Present.

The funeral of the late Mr James H. Kynoch, who died at the Government Civil Hospital on Friday, took place at the Protestant Cemetery at Happy Valley on Saturday.

Mr. Kynoch, who was 44 years of age, joined the Public Works Department in Hongkong in 1908, as an Overseer. He bad held the position of Senior Inspector of Works since July, 1924.

A large number of friends attended the funeral and paid their last respects to one who was well known throughout the Colony. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. J. Horace Johnston and the Rev. J. Kirk Maconachie. The principal mourner was Mr. G. W. Kynoch, brother.

Others present were: [...]


The inscription on his gravestone reads:

18---/04/07- In loving memory / of / James Henry Kynoch / who died 5th Feb. 1926 / aged 42 / Deeply mourned / Till the day breaks & the shadows flee away

The age is clearly wrong, so the writing on the gravestone may have been unclear to read.