Rollitt family in Hong Kong, sometime between 1911 to 1921
ROLLITT family time in Hong Kong
I would appreciate anyone’s feedback on how to research my grandfather and my great-grandparents who were based in Hong Kong sometime between 1911 and 1921.
It is this period of their lives that I have particular interest in.
My great grandparents:
• William Henry Rollitt
- Born 23rd Apr 1883, Holbeck, Yorkshire, West Riding, United Kingdom.
- Died 29 Jul 1929, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
- Known as Dan
• Edith Minks
- Born 22 May 1884, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom.
- Died 22 Oct 1922, Woolwich, Kent, United Kingdom.
• William Gordon Rollitt
- Born 4 May 1907, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom.
- Died 25 Sep 1992, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Known as Gordon.
• Leonard Arthur Rollitt
- Born 23 Mar 1911, Colchester Essex, United Kingdom.
- Died 25 Aug 1980, New Zealand.
- Known as Len.
• Derek Frank Rollitt
- Born 7 Oct 1922, born Woolwich, Kent, United Kingdom.
- Died 21 Dec 1984, New Zealand.
From what I have been able to research and from conversations and recollections of my mother,
The 1911 England Census shows the family living at 97 Lisle Road, Colchester, Essex.
25 May 1921
William Henry Rollitt, along with his family (Edith Rollitt (nee Minks), William Gordon Rollitt and Leonard Arthur Rollitt) returned to London from military duty where they had been based in Hong Kong. The name of the ship was The Kyber.
William's profession is noted on the ships log as being a military audit clerk.
I have not been able to ascertain when they left the United Kingdom for Hong Kong or how long they were there. I can only surmount that it was sometime between the above dates of 1911 and 1921.
My great grandfather William Henry Rollitt was a sergeant with the Army Pay Corps.
I understand they had two homes in Hong Kong which were perhaps owned by the military? One, 'up high' for the winter months and one, 'down low' for the summer.
We recently uncovered the attached photo of one of their homes in Hong Kong. Presumably this is the ‘up high’ property.
This photo was recently posted on Reddit and Gwulo and the following amazing information has been deduced from that posting…...
Permalink Submitted by PhongHighlight on Sun, 2021-08-01 00:20.
After some back and forward it is conclusive that the building in the foreground is Edge Hill, formerly 6A, then 10, then 12, The Peak. The site is now 16 Mount Austin Road.
You can see the shared detail from the picture of the Umbrella Seat here, including the fences, mailbox and fences on top of the retaining wall-
The 1924 map of the peak shows the lot RBL 130 (now RBL 913) just beside the Umbrella Seat
And the address history/building name of the lot appears here
Bishop's Lodge is the building in the background, and can be seen from a similar angle here
This appears to be the first clear image on site of Edge Hill.
I have also attached a photo of the family living in Hong Kong.
Back row left: William Henry Rollitt, William Gordon Rollitt, unknown
Front row left: Edith Rollitt, Leonard Arthur Rollitt, unknown
Other information that we know of their time in Hong Kong is that William Henry Rollitt was involved and high up in the racing industry - believed to be associated with Happy Valley.
Also that my grandfather, William Gordon Rollitt was head choir boy at St John's Cathedral. We do not know which school the two sons (William Gordon and Leonard Arthur Rollitt) attended.
If anyone is able to assist into further aspects of their lives in Hong Kong it would be greatly appreciated.
Specifically how to research their military life and movements, along with their involvement in both the racing industry, St John’s Cathedral and the boys schooling.