Ford, CPT. Douglas b. September 18, 1918 d. December 18, 1943 George Cross Recipient. He was gazetted for the award posthumously on March 18, 1946 for his actions as a captain in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots, British Army, while a captive at the Sham Shui Po Prisoner of War Camp in Hong Kong. Following his education at the Royal High School in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he excelled in sports, he joined the Royal Scots following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 and received an officer's commission. He, along with his brother James Allan...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Stanley Military Cemetery, Stanley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Plot: 1. B. 41.
Lawson, Gen. John Kelburne b. December 27, 1886 d. December 19, 1941 Canadian military figure. Born in the UK in 1887. He served in WWI where he won a Military Cros at the Battle of Passchendaele. At the beginning of WWII, he was the Director of Military Training,in Ottawa, before he was given the command of the Royal Canadian Regiment and the other Canadian militia units who arrived in Hong Kong on November 16, 1941 as reinforcements for the British garrison there. Brigadier general, he was not only the senior Canadian officer in Hong Kong, but in the course of...[Read More] (Bio by: Guy Gagnon) Sai Wan War Cemetery, Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Plot: Section VIII, C 27
Mody, Sir. Hormusjee Naorojee b. October 12, 1838 d. June 16, 1911 Businessman, Philanthropist. Founder of Hong Kong University. Born in Bombay to a Parsi family, Mody started a newspaper business as a teenager. He moved to Hong Kong between 1858 and 1860, thereafter becoming a successful businessman. He founded the company Chater & Mody with business partner Sir Catchick Paul Chater in 1868, starting in stock broking and then expanding into real estate. The company bought up land in the recently ceded territory of Kowloon, and he and Chater made a fortune...[Read More] (Bio by: Chris Nelson) Parsee Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Osborn, John Robert b. January 3, 1899 d. December 19, 1941 World War II Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant Major in the 1st Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers. On December 19, 1941, in Hong Kong, China, Sergeant Major Osborn's company became divided during an attack. He took command of his part of the men, captured a hill position and held it for three hours. During the afternoon his company was cut off from the battalion and completely surrounded by the enemy. When grenades were thrown into their position Sergeant Major Osborn picked...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Sai Wan Memorial, Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Plot: Column 25
Wu Cheng-chung, Cardinal. John Baptist b. March 26, 1925 d. September 23, 2002 Roman Catholic Cardinal. Born in the village of Ho Hau, Wu-hua, in the province of Guangdong, China, John Baptist Wu Cheng-chung received his primary education at the village's elementary school prior to entering seminary in Kaying. Furthering his studies at South China's Regional Seminary of Aberdeen, Hong Kong, he was ordained priest on July 6, 1952 at the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Hong Kong. Performing pastoral work at the refugee center of Tung Tau Tsuen, Kowloon, with the...[Read More] (Bio by: Eman Bonnici) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong Plot: Cathedral Crypt.