Charles Messer was educated at Merchant Taylors’ school and later, Emanuel College, University of Cambridge. He was appointed as a cadet in 1897. He was the captain superintendent of the police force from 1913 to 1918 and was promoted to the financial secretary from 1918 until 1931.
Andrew Salmon first came to Hong Kong in 1937 as a junior member (trumpeter) of the Royal Artillery. He fought the Japanese and was taken prisoner at Stanley in December 1941. He was in Shamshuipo camp and then was sent to Japan on the ill-fated ‘Lisbon Maru’.<Read more ...>
I am looking for info about my father, Cecil Henry Dalton, a former major with the Royal Army Service Corps, who was demobbed in 1953. It was only through a chance discovery on the internet, two years ago, that I discovered that he had died in 1966 in Hong Kong, where he is buried in Happy Valley cemetery. He had been stationed in Hong Kong for the last years of his military service but returned there after being demobbed, to live as a civilian. I sent for his death certificate which led to new discoveries thanks to the archives of the South China Morning Post. <Read more ...>
Maj (Ret'd Brian Finch MCIL served in The Middlesex Regiment with one of the survivors of the Lisbon Maru Incident. He later learned Chinese and during his time in Hong Kong had close links with The Lisbn Maru Association of Hong Kong. He translated their account of the incident seen through the eyes of the Chinese fishermen who rescued hundreds of British prisoners of war under fire from Japanese soldiers on 2 October 1942. The translation was published in November 2017 by Proverse Hong Kong. <Read more ...>
I note with interest that HK actor, Anthony Wong Chau-sang (黃秋生), is still searching for his information regarding his British father, Frederick William Perry. It seems not much is known other than he worked for the Colonial Govt and left when Anthony was still a toddler. <Read more ...>
James Legge graduated from Aberdeen University in 1836 and joined the London Missionary Society two years after. He was sent to Malacca in 1840 where he assumed the post of principal of the Anglo-Chinese college founded by Robert Morrison. When the school moved to Hong Kong in1843, Legge remained as Principal. He was a great Sinologue and was famous for his translation and annotation of the Chinese classics. He was a prominent resident of Hong Kong as he was an all round man: Scholar, missionary, minister, chaplain and Educationist.<Read more ...>