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Thomas Sydney Douglas WHITLEY [1909-1985]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Whitley
Given: 
Thomas Sydney Douglas
Birth
Date: 
1909-03-15
Birthplace (town, state): 
Sailkot
Death
Date: 
1985-03-20

Mr Whitley is mentioned on Tony Banham's list of members of the HKVDC:

  • Whitley, Tomas Sydney Signalman 1321 (XD5)
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Douglas Thomas SMITH [1915-1981]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Smith
Given: 
Douglas Thomas
Birth
Date: 
c.1915-12-01 (Day is approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Leytonstone, Essex
Death
Date: 
c.1981-06-30 (Day is approximate)

Mr Smith is mentioned on Tony Banham's list of members of the HKVDC:

  • Smith, Douglas Thomas Corporal V1982 (XD5)
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John Hubert BOTTOMLEY (aka Jack) [1899-1964]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Bottomley
Given: 
John Hubert
Alias / nickname: 
Jack
Birth
Date: 
1899-02-22
Birthplace (town, state): 
Baildon, Yorkshire
Death
Date: 
1964-07-31
Cause of death: 
Heart Attack

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.

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George Stephen WINCH [1912-1974]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Winch
Given: 
George Stephen
Birth
Date: 
1912-06-16
Death
Date: 
c.1974-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)
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George Gwinnett Noble TINSON [????-1941]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Tinson
Given: 
George Gwinnett Noble
Death
Date: 
c.1941-12-25 (Day is approximate)
Cause of death: 
Killed while fighting the Japanese
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James Milne THOMSON [c.1921-1941]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Thomson
Given: 
James Milne
Birth
Date: 
c.1921-01-01 (Year, Month, Day are approximate)
Death
Date: 
1941-12-24

Buried in Stanley Cemetery;

THOMSON, Private, JAMES MILNE, Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. 24th December 1941. Age 20. Son of James Downie Thomson and Georgina Milne Thomson, of Aberdeen. 5. E. Coll. grave 3-7.

From: http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/Cemeteries/Stanley_Military_Cemetery/ht...

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Cicero ROZARIO [????-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Rozario
Given: 
Cicero
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J.G.B. (Gordon) DEWAR [1898-????]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Dewar
Given: 
J.G.B. (Gordon)
Birth
Date: 
1898-05-10

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.

Robert MAIN (aka "Duffus") [1909-1993]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Main
Given: 
Robert
Alias / nickname: 
"Duffus"
Birth
Date: 
1909-11-25
Birthplace (town, state): 
Dumbarton
Death
Date: 
1993-08-18
Cause of death: 
Heart failure

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.

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John Johnstone PATERSON (aka JJ) [1886-1971]

Status: 
Deceased
Sex: 
Male
Names
Family: 
Paterson
Given: 
John Johnstone
Alias / nickname: 
JJ
Birth
Date: 
c.1886-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Birthplace (town, state): 
Edinburgh
Death
Date: 
c.1971-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)

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.

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