John and Gertrude Tully were living at 8 Broadwood Road at the time of the death of my grandfather, Charles Warren, in June 1923 and, as neighbours, it is not surprising that they attended his funeral together with their colleagues the Cossarts who lived at no. 22. Asiatic Petroleum, for whom John Tully and Louis Cossart worked, rented several houses in Broadwood Road at the time. Tully came to Hong Kong as a marine engineer. He first worked for the Whampoa Dock Co. and later Taikoo Docks. He retired back to England in 1934. <Read more ...>
I'm beginning to see some links between the mourners who were the group of friends and associates of my grandfather Charles Warren, in that, according to Carl Smith, George Avenell was the brother-in-law of F.P. Lenfesty, one of the other mourners mentioned in the obituary. That said, the attribution is to Mr and Mrs E.G. Avenell, so there may be a mistake, but I can't find an E.G. Avenell. George Avenell came to Hong Kong with the Sherwood Forresters in 1902 and thence to Shanghai. He returned to Hong Kong as Armourer Staff Sergeant to the Police and also joined the HK Volunteers. <Read more ...>
Nona was born as Florence Keele Bernhard on 23 May 1901. She did not use this exact date on later documents. She grew up around Marybelone and Finchley in London, England. The family moved to Stone Ness, Ashurst, Kent in about 1916. In 1916 the entire family was granted the right to change the family name to Morris, and bear the family coat of arms, by King George V. <Read more ...>
Gordon Castle was my great uncle. He was an internee at Stanley Civilian Prison Camp during the Second World War, then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. For part of his working career, he was a purser on the Empress ships. Then he moved into a government position, possibly in finance.
I am writing a creative non-fiction book about him and my great-aunt Sally Castle (née Staley), focusing upon their experiences at Stanley.