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Jean POMMERENKE (née MACPHERSON) [1895- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Pommerenke
Given: 
Jean
Maiden: 
Macpherson
Birth
Date: 
c.1895-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

Wife of Herbert H Pommerenke.

Date of birth from the Biographical History at the Finding Aid to the Pommerenke family papers, online at:

http://www.history.pcusa.org/collections/findingaids/fa.cfm?record_id=193

She gives a brief description of her experiences in Hong Kong on page four of the Perry Herald, Perry, NY on 13 Jan 1943:

John STEINER [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Steiner
Given: 
John

A Presbyterian Missionary, he was caught in Hong Kong in 1941 when the Japanese refused permission for him to return to the mission in Hainan:

Norwood Francis ALLMAN [1893-1987]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Allman
Given: 
Norwood Francis
Birth
Date: 
1893-07-24
Death
Date: 
1987-02-28

Brian Edgar writes:

Allman was an American lawyer from Shanghai stuck in HK during the attack. After the repatriation he became head if the Far Eastern Bureau of the OSS (Don's dad's boss?) and later worked for the CIA.

Gwen DEW [1903-1993]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Dew
Given: 
Gwen
Birth
Date: 
1903-06-18
Birthplace (town, state): 
Albion, Michigan
Death
Date: 
1993-06-17

Gwen Dew was an American journalist. In 1936 she began travelling the world, mainly Asia, and writing a popular weekly column about her advenures. She took many photos of the December 1941 hostilities almost all of which have been lost.

She was interned in Stanley after the surrender and repatriated in late June 1942.

In 1948 she married Captain James Buchanan who died five years later.

Source:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7099766

Birthplace (country): 

Norman H. BRIGGS [c.1905-1993]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Briggs
Given: 
Norman H.
Birth
Date: 
c.1905-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Death
Date: 
c.1993-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

California resident Norman Briggs was sent to Hong Kong by Standard Oil in August 1941.

During the December fighting he volunteered to work for Food Control. After the surrender he was interned in Stanley until the reaptriation of late JUne 1942.

Soon after being reunited his family he wrote a wartime memoir which was published posthumously in 2006 - Taken in Hong Kong. This provides a detailed and balanced account of the American experience of internment.

Birthplace (country): 

Esther REITON [????- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Reiton
Given: 
Esther

The younger daughter of Albert Kato Reiton and his second wife Rose Etta.

She was in Kowloon with her parents and her sister's family (the Hammonds) during the 1941 hostilities and was interned in Stanley until the repatriation of late June 1942.

Source:

Robert Hammond, Bondservants of the Japanese (1942), 1957 ed., 15

Rose Etta REITON (née FEMMER) [1886-1957]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Reiton
Given: 
Rose Etta
Maiden: 
Femmer
Birth
Date: 
1886-10-03
Birthplace (town, state): 
Americus, Missouri
Death
Date: 
1957-07-25

Rose Etta Femmer married the Reverend Albert Kato Reiton in January 1913 in the United States. The couple came to Hong Kong that March to work as evangelists. In November 1914 they opened the Yaumati Peniel Misson in Kowloon.

She was in Kowloon with her family during the 1941 hostilities. After a period spent in hiding the were interned in Stanley Camp and repatriated in late June 1942.

She died in Hong Kong in 1957.

Sources:

Birthplace (country): 

Albert Kato REITON [1882-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Reiton
Given: 
Albert Kato
Birth
Date: 
1882-02-07
Birthplace (town, state): 
Baldwin, Wisconsin

The Reverend Albert Kato Reiton was an American Protestant missionary.

He married Edna Greer Reiton on November 15, 1909 and the next month they founded the South China Peniel Holiness Mission in Hong Kong. Edna Greer died in Kobe en route to the USA for medical treatment in January 1912 and in January 1913 Reiton married Rose Etta Femmer. The couple returned to Hong Kong in March to work as evangelists. In November 1914 they opened the Yaumati Peniel Misson in Kowloon.

Birthplace (country): 

Edith Irene HAMMOND [1941- ]

Status: 
Unknown
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Hammond
Given: 
Edith Irene
Birth
Date: 
c.1941-03-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hong Kong

Edith Hammond was the daughter of missionary Bob Hammond and his wife Helen. She was ten and a half months old in January 1942 when she was interned in Stanley with her parents and grandparents. She was part of the Asama Maru/Gripsholm repatriation.

Source:

Robert Hammond, Bondservants of the Japanese (1942), 1957 ed., 49

Helen HAMMOND (née REITON) [1916-2005]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Hammond
Given: 
Helen
Maiden: 
Reiton
Birth
Date: 
1916-06-12
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hong Kong
Death
Date: 
2005-12-14

Helen Hammond was the daughter the Rev. and Mrs. A. K. Reiton who founded the China Peniel Mission. She married missionary Bob Hammond in 1939.

She went through the 1941 hostilities in Kowloon and was interned in Stanley with her husband, their daughter Edith, and her parents, until the American repatriation.

Source:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews/obituary.aspx?pid=16048889

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