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Elizabeth PITCAIRN (née ABRAHAM) [1879-1943]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Pitcairn
Given: 
Elizabeth
Maiden: 
Abraham
Birth
Date: 
c.1879-01-10 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hong Kong, Kowloon
Death
Date: 
c.1943-10-10 (Month, Day are approximate)
Other
Other reference: 
Marriage 1907-11-10 St Johns Cathederal , Hong Kong
Birthplace (country): 

James MacKenzie JACK [1895-1944]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Jack
Given: 
James MacKenzie
Birth
Date: 
1895-01-29
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hongkong?
Death
Date: 
1944-09-15
Cause of death: 
Beri beri and chronic peritonitis

James Mackenzie Jack inherited the engineering company W.C. Jack & Co. Ltd. from his father, William Jack, on his death in 1919. He was serving in Salonika with his brother at the time of his father's death. I don't know his brother's name, or if he returned safely to Hong Kong. When my uncle, Leslie Warren, had to wind up C.E. Warren & Co. in May, 1941, James Jack asked him to take over the Jacks branch in Penang while the then MD took six months leave. Jack became a POW and was in the fifth transportation to Japan, where he died in a POW camp on 15 September 1944.

Birthplace (country): 

Lily LAFLEUR [1907-1982]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Lafleur
Given: 
Lily
Birth
Date: 
1907-09-17
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hong Kong
Death
Date: 
1982-05-17
Cause of death: 
unknown

Mrs Lily Lafleur was married with Franciscus Hubertus Joseph Alphonsus Lafleur; they had a son (Ah Tong) and daughter (Ah Kan, also known as Mary). Thanks to gwulo member annpake, more information about Lily Lafleur was found. In December 1951 she sailed from Hong Kong to London.

She passed away in 1982 and was burried at St Raphaels Cemetery Cheung Sha.

Via LinkedIn I found the granddaughter and son of Franciscus' brother in the Netherlands. Lily had visited her family in law a few years after WWII. A photo of the visit survived!

Birthplace (country): 

Djoen-Eng KWIK (aka KWOK Chun-Yeung / 郭春映 / The Java Sugar King) [1895-1935]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Kwik
Given: 
Djoen-Eng
Alias / nickname: 
KWOK Chun-Yeung / 郭春映 / The Java Sugar King
Birth
Date: 
c.1895-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Tongan, Fujian
Death
Date: 
c.1935-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)

There's a several-page write-up about Mr Kwik starting on page 469 of "Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary ...". It begins:

Owner of a large trading company dealing in sugar, rice and tea before WWII, Indonesia.

Birthplace (country): 

Lai Chuen J.P. TONG [c.1857-1922]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Tong
Given: 
Lai Chuen J.P.
Birth
Date: 
c.1857-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Zhongshan (Heung Shan), Guangdong
Death
Date: 
1922-03-03
Cause of death: 
unknown

"MR. TONG LAI CHUEN, J.P., who occupies the post of compradore to the Holland-China Trading Company, is a native of the Hungshan district of China. His father, a well-known merchant both in that district and in the neighbouring Portuguese Colony of Macao, was for many years connected with the Yun Loong tea hong of the latter place. Mr. Tong Lai Chuen has resided in Hongkong for upwards of thirty-three years, and during that time has been actively connected with several companies.

Birthplace (country): 

Alice DOBBS [1908-1986]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Dobbs
Given: 
Alice
Birth
Date: 
1908-10-17
Birthplace (town, state): 
Peking
Death
Date: 
c.1986-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (country): 

Sun ZHONGSHAN (aka Sun Yat-sen; Sun Wen) [1866-1925]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Zhongshan
Given: 
Sun
Alias / nickname: 
Sun Yat-sen; Sun Wen
Birth
Date: 
1866-11-12
Birthplace (town, state): 
Zhongshan City, Guandong Province
Death
Date: 
1925-03-12
Cause of death: 
Cancer of the gall bladder and liver

Dr Sun Zhongshan (Yat-sen) is generally considered to be the founder of the Chinese Republic (1911) and one of the most important figures in modern Chinese history.

He graduated from the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese in 1892 and at one point thought about opening a pharmacy in the Colony.

Birthplace (country): 

Ching-ling SOONG (née SOONG, aka Madame Sun Yat-sen) [1893-1981]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Soong
Given: 
Ching-ling
Maiden: 
Soong
Alias / nickname: 
Madame Sun Yat-sen
Birth
Date: 
1893-01-27
Birthplace (town, state): 
Shanghai
Death
Date: 
1981-05-21

Soong Ching-ling spent the years after the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937 in Chongqing and Hong Kong.

As the widow of Dr Sun Zhongshan (Yat-sen), generally seen as the founder of the Chinese Republic (1911) she was a very important figure in Hong Kong life - her China Defence League, for example, could draw the Governor and other important officials to its events.

Birthplace (country): 

Rosalina MARQUES D'OLIVEIRA (aka Rosie) [1924-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Marques d'Oliveira
Given: 
Rosalina
Alias / nickname: 
Rosie
Birth
Date: 
1924-08-11
Birthplace (town, state): 
Fuzhou (then Foochow)

Rosalina Marques d'Oliveira was in Hong Kong at the time of the Japanese attack in December 1941.

She accepted the offer of sanctuary to all Portuguese people made by the Macau Government and on March 10, 1942 was living at 5a, Rua de Penha, a property previously recorded as belonging to a Roman Catholic mission. She was unmarried at that time.

She was the half sister of Evelina Edgar.

She is believed to have emigrated to New Zealand at some point after the war.

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Birthplace (country): 

Cheung Yu CHAN [1903-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Chan
Given: 
Cheung Yu
Birth
Date: 
c.1903-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Swatow

Nationality: Chinese-British, Born Swatow 1903, Occupation: wireless operator.  BAAG April 43 – October 45.

Over 2 years faithful service as Wireless Operator at BAAG Forward Post.   Citation: by Colonel Ride

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