Ernest Hillas Williams was from a Church of Ireland family from Cork (Eire). He entered the Colonial Civil Service as an administrator, eventually becoming Puisne Judge and then Assistant Attorney General.
He was a sergeant in the HKVDC, imprisoned first in Shamshuipo and then Innoshima Camp (Japan).
After the war he became Chief Justice of the British Borneo Territories. <Read more ...>
William Henry Brereton QC (born Dublin & died at his home on Mount Gough, The Peak, Hong Kong 24 Oct 1887) was buried in Happy Valley cemetery. He was the only son of Francis Frederick Brereton (Solicitor of Dublin) & was baptised in St. Mary's, Dublin on 23 July 1824 (his birth date is given as 26 May 1824). The Death Notice in The China Mail 25 Oct 1887 gives his age as 59.
Hazel Hardy was a Hong Kong civil servant in the period leading up to the Japanese attack. She was not interned after the surrender because she had Irish papers.
Her fiance before the war was Sergeant R. J. Hardy (R.A.F.), who became a POW in Shamshuipo. He sent her letters through Chinese labourers when he was part of a party forced to work on the extension of Kai Tak airport. She sent in replies by the same route and also smuggled in medicines and food - hence the nickname. <Read more ...>