John Hubert Bottomley (Jack) was born in Baildon, West Yorkshire in 1899, the oldest of four children of Fred Bottomley and Elizabeth Tyson. As a young man Jack served in World War I and was gassed as well as receiving serious shrapnel wounds in Flanders. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
After the Great War he studied engineering at Bradford Technical College (now Bradford University). He passed the Oxbridge exams but the family could not afford to send him to Oxford or Cambridge. <Read more ...>
Gordon Dewar was Captain Commanding No. 7 Company in the HK Volunteer Defence force. He had had a long connection with Shanghai, from 1922 with first the Shanghai Dock and Eng. Co and then the Kiangnan Dock and Eng. Works, and then in Hong Kong with Taikoo Dockyard from 1937. <Read more ...>
Robert was interned as a HK defence volunteer in Shamshuipo POW camp, and later was shipped off to Amoy, Shanghai, and Peking for forced labour. He assumed he had been headed for Japan when the war ended.
In camp he worked in the kitchens as often as possible, so as to get the more nutritious scrapings and rice husks from the bottom of the pans.
He also became adept at catching flies in his fist to relieve the boredom, after studying their habits when disturbed. A good party trick in later years. <Read more ...>
Philip has just added an article about JJ Paterson to his blog. He notes that JJ was Managing Director of Jardine Matheson in the 1930s, and served in the HKVDC. He commanded the group defending the North Point power station. Click to read the full article. <Read more ...>