Miss Phyllis Finch was born in Sticklepath, Devon, England in 23 Nov 1901 and died there 17 Mar 1976. 7 members of her family were Methodist Ministers and she became a geography teacher and Methodist Missionary to China, teaching mainly in Fatshan School. She was interned at Stanley Camp as far as I understand though she is not on the list of internees on this site. <Read more ...>
Born into a working-class family in Warrington, Northern England, John Hansbury grew up in grinding poverty among the steel mills of Lancashire (now Cheshire). He had a gift for mathematics, and was able to take advantage of scholarships to get the education necessary to become a draftsman. <Read more ...>
I don't know when George and wife Sarah arrived in Hong Kong, but Emma was born there in 1868, so it was before then. George was a soldier when they married in Portsmouth in 1864, but I don't know what took them to Hong Kong. He may have been a hotel keeper and an undertaker in Hong Kong. George left Hong Kong some time between 1885 and 1890; he married again in Australia in 1890. Sarah remained in Hong Kong and died there in 1889. <Read more ...>
In further research, I found an undated newspaper item written in the South China Morning Post sometime in 1937 in the column "From the Files 25 years ago" observing that 'Mr John Thomas Cotton (my mother's father) who will shortly be celebrating his 50th year of residence in HongKong told reporters that when he first came to HongKong as a corporal in the Royal Artillery, the only main thoroughfare was Queen's Road which extended from Wanchai to the Gas Works at Weat Point. There were no trams, only rickshaws. The Rope Factory was the first in West Point. He also revealed <Read more ...>
Captain Henry Walter Walker and his wife, Tomé, lived at the house called "Brinkelly", no. 15 Broadwood Road, from the inception of Broadwood Road in 1916. (See my post on Tomé Walker). They were near neighbours of my grandfather, C.E. Warren, who probably built their house, but I know nothing about them. I haven't found Henry Walker in the Jurors Lists or the Carl Smith Index. Any information welcome.
As I said in my previous post, Henry Walker died in 1940, aged 73, and is buried in the Protestant Cemetery.