95th anniversary – George and Hilda’s wedding, July 24th 1926

Earlier this month I posted a blog marking the 81st anniversary of the first ship to leave Hong Kong during the evacuation crisis of July 1940. Today is another anniversary to mark – but this time remembering a happier original event than the departure of the Empress of Japan from Hong Kong in 1940. BackContinue reading “95th anniversary – George and Hilda’s wedding, July 24th 1926”

81 years since the first evacuation ship left Hong Kong

Eighty-one years ago today – on July 1st 1940 – 1,500 British women and children were boarding the Empress of Japan, the first of the evacuation ships to leave Hong Kong following threats of attack from Japan. The word ‘evacuee’ usually evokes pictures of young children trailing in crocodile from inner-city school yards – namesContinue reading “81 years since the first evacuation ship left Hong Kong”

A Weekend to Pack is out on 28 April 2021!

I’m excited to announce that A Weekend to Pack, while having been available to pre-order for a while, is out on 28 April 2021! You can order through Sabrestorm Publishing or any of the usual book outlets. And I’d love it if you could join me for my talk, organised by Sabrestorm on Friday 7Continue reading “A Weekend to Pack is out on 28 April 2021!”

Everybody safe so far, and No. “37” still going strong – George, January 1941

In 1939, prior to sailing with the boys to join George in Hong Kong, and who had begun his posting to the colony six months earlier, Hilda put their furniture into storage and arranged for their home – 37, Randolph Road, Portsmouth – to be rented. The family also left behind in Portsmouth friends, relatives,Continue reading “Everybody safe so far, and No. “37” still going strong – George, January 1941”

Worries for home as Britain suffers during the Blitz

When war broke out in Europe in September 1939, life in Hong Kong remained little altered. Six thousand miles from Britain – and two years before war would come to the Far East – day-to-day living continued very much the same. But, whereas work, sport and socialising carried on pretty much as usual, thoughts wereContinue reading “Worries for home as Britain suffers during the Blitz”