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Wong Nai Chung Gap, View on Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 1930

Charles Gesner van der Voort had started his career in Rotterdam, at Holland-China Trading Company (HCHC). In 1938, he went to Shanghai for the firm. The Japanese interned him, and most other Dutch nationals, from 1943-45. In camp, he met his wife Nancy and they married after the war. After a leave in The Netherlands, they returned to the Orient, where Charles continued to work for HCHC in Hong Kong.
 

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1930

Fred WOODHEAD [1913-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Woodhead
Given: 
Fred
Birth
Date: 
1913-09-14
Birthplace (town, state): 
Sheffield

On 26 August 1939 Fred Woodhead set sail from Southampton to Hong Kong on the Viceroy of India together with a number of other "Crown Agents" who were members of the Hong Kong Police.  After the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941 he was imprisoned in Sham Shui Po POW Camp.  He was on the Lisbon Maru on 1 October 1942 when it was torpedoed and sunk by US submarine Grouper.  Fred survived and was then transferred to Osaka Camp #1, where he remained for the duration of the war.  He returned to the UK after his release and married his finacee, Miss Jeannie Smith, 3 weeks lat

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Thomas Sydney Douglas WHITLEY [1909-1985]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Whitley
Given: 
Thomas Sydney Douglas
Birth
Date: 
1909-03-15
Birthplace (town, state): 
Sailkot
Death
Date: 
1985-03-20

Mr Whitley is mentioned on Tony Banham's list of members of the HKVDC:

  • Whitley, Tomas Sydney Signalman 1321 (XD5)
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Douglas Thomas SMITH [1915-1981]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Smith
Given: 
Douglas Thomas
Birth
Date: 
c.1915-12-01 (Day is approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Leytonstone, Essex
Death
Date: 
c.1981-06-30 (Day is approximate)

Mr Smith is mentioned on Tony Banham's list of members of the HKVDC:

  • Smith, Douglas Thomas Corporal V1982 (XD5)
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John Hubert BOTTOMLEY (aka Jack) [1899-1964]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Bottomley
Given: 
John Hubert
Alias / nickname: 
Jack
Birth
Date: 
1899-02-22
Birthplace (town, state): 
Baildon, Yorkshire
Death
Date: 
1964-07-31
Cause of death: 
Heart Attack

John Hubert Bottomley (Jack) was born in Baildon, West Yorkshire in 1899, the oldest of four children of Fred Bottomley and Elizabeth Tyson.   As a young man Jack served in World War I and was gassed as well as receiving serious shrapnel wounds in Flanders. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

After the Great War he studied engineering at Bradford Technical College (now Bradford University).  He passed the Oxbridge exams but the family could not afford to send him to Oxford or Cambridge.

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Andrew SALMON (aka Jack) [1919-2000]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
SALMON
Given: 
Andrew
Alias / nickname: 
Jack
Birth
Date: 
1919-07-29
Birthplace (town, state): 
London
Death
Date: 
2000-10-09

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’.

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Henrique Roldao de PINNA [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Pinna
Given: 
Henrique Roldao de

He is mentioned in the 1941 Jurors List:

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William Wightman MCCOMBE [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
McCombe
Given: 
William Wightman

He is mentioned in the 1941 Jurors List:

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W F DUDMAN [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Dudman
Given: 
W F
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Ron FREER [1915- ]

Status: 
Living
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Freer
Given: 
Ron
Birth
Date: 
1915-10-21
Birthplace (town, state): 
Teignmouth, Devon

Fought in Hong Kong in 1941, then a POW for the remainder of the war. Malnutrition in the Japanese POW camp left him blind. 

Read more about Ron in this article in The Telegraph on 8 Nov 2018:

Former prisoner of war, 103, to be oldest veteran to march at the Cenotaph

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