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Laura Jane DRANSFIELD [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Dransfield
Given: 
Laura Jane

Laura Dransfield was the wife of Albert Dransfield who latterly ran his own import/export company, A. Dransfield & Co. She had two daughters, Laura Woolnough Campbell (probably by a previous marriage) and Dorothy Olive Dransfield. The Dransfields were close friends of the Warrens and Leslie Warren lived with them after his wife and children left for the UK in 1938. They seem to have rented The Towers. Albert Dransfield died in November 1940 and a letter from Leslie to his family in May 1941 relates that Laura had settled in Johannesburg but would have preferred to be in the UK.

Eric Russell WALCH [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Walch
Given: 
Eric Russell

ER Walch was an accountant with Lowe, Bingham & Matthews from about 1936-1941. Address in Jurors List for 1936 was The Peak Hotel. His 1937-1940 address is given as 20 Broadwood Road, usually known as The Towers. He is given as an auditor in Hong Kong in the 1941 Government Gazette. He married Dorothy Olivia Dransfield, daughter of Albert and Laura Dransfield on 20th April 1939 at the Union Church.

Albert DRANSFIELD [1872-1940]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Dransfield
Given: 
Albert
Birth
Date: 
c.1872-10-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Death
Date: 
1940-11-24
Other
Other reference: 
Soldiers and Sailors Home

According the Eulogy published in the Hong Kong Daily Press of 26 November 1940 Albert Dransfield died suddenly, aged 68, at his home in Broom Street, Happy Valley on 24 November 1940. He is described as a loyal member of the Methodist Church and energetic supporter of the Soldiers and Sailors Home. He was resident in Hong Kong for over 30 years according to the Eulogy. The Jurors Lists give him as Storekeeper and then Timekeeper at the Taikoo Sugar Refinery Company.

C.E. Warren's friends, business associates and jockeys

Some of you may already know from my previous posts that I’ve been researching the life in Hong Kong of my grandfather Charles Edward Warren (1872-1923) and his eponymous company C.E. Warren & Co. (1901-1941). He died of pneumonia quite suddenly at his house, The Towers, Broadwood Road, aged 51, when my father was only 14 and at school in England. An obvious source to look for C.E. Warren’s friends and business contacts is the list of mourners and wreath givers at his funeral.

Cicely&pram.JPG

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1925

I guess this photo might have been taken in the second half of 1925 after the birth of Cicely Warren's first child. The Towers can be seen top right and my cousin Diana notes that St Margaret's Church is behind her mother. It might also by early 1927 after the birth of my cousin herself. What would be the road Cicely is walking along? I wonder if she had walked all the way down Broadwood Road in those heels!

Jill

View_to_Kowloon.jpg

Date picture taken (to nearest decade for older photos): 
1926

This photo is inscribed by my cousin, Diana Warren, “View  from our roof to Kowloon”. “Our roof” should therefore be 19 Broadwood Road, also known as “The Bungalow”, built next door to “The Towers” at the top of Broadwood Road.  As “The Bunglalow” was only one storey high, I’m surprised that the camera is looking down on the nearby buildings. I wonder if the photo was actually taken from the flat roof of The Towers and that the nearby roof is that of The Bungalow itself. Orientation isn’t my strong suit.

Hannah Mabel WARREN (née OLSON) [1880-1966]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Female
Names
Family: 
Warren
Given: 
Hannah Mabel
Maiden: 
Olson
Birth
Date: 
1880-05-06
Birthplace (town, state): 
Hong Kong
Death
Date: 
1966-07-02
Cause of death: 
Auricular fibrillation; Myocardial degeneration; Senility

I am looking for information about my grandmother, Hannah Warren, who returned to Hong Kong from England in June 1923 on the death of her husband, my grandfather, Charles Edward Warren, but whose funeral she did not arrive in time to attend. Her own death certificate states that she had spent "about" 25 years in Australia. We assume that she was evacuated from Hong Kong between 1939 and 1941, but there is no definite record of that. I haven't been able to find any record of where she was living after her return in 1923 until 1941.

"Riding to hounds at Fanling"

Could anyone point me towards accounts of hunting in Hong Kong? I noticed in Peter Hall's book "In the Web" that one of his relatives "rode to hounds at Fanling". I'd be interested to find out if many women hunted. My aunt, Evelyn Warren, was a keen horsewoman and persuaded her father, Charles Warren, to go in for buying race horses when she returned to Hong Kong from her English boarding school in 1919 .

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