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Chinese aliases were very common. People sometimes had more than one. They were like nicknames in a way. My great grandmother had three, She was Anne Hunter, but had aliases Goot Choy, Kot Choy or Kot Choi. I think it also made it easier for business and legal documents when dealing with the Chinese system.

      I have several relatives with the surname FOK. All were in Hong Kong and the British ones seem to use it as part of their Chinese aliases.
  My great uncle was James Hunter, alias Fok Chi Sing and his daughter was Ellen Hunter, alias Fok Shuk Wah. Ellen was listed as Chinese on her death certificate, but neither of her parents were.

James died in 1937 and is buried at the Colonial Cemetery and his daughter died in 1944 and is buried at St Michael's Catholic Cemetery, also at Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Here's another photo showing the Gow home around 1938. Maybe it will match something in your own pictures or albums. That would be Mrs Gow on the right. I should add that this may be a different Gow, or as was mentioned, possibly one of the brothers. I also have a letter from a young girl by the name Gillian Gow that was sent to my mother after the war. Gillian seems to have been living in England at the time and my mother was in Hollywood, CA

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Clarence Studios, Birmingham?
« on: Sunday 15 March 20 17:41 GMT (UK)  »
And the winner is Stan: 20B Temple St, Birmingham! Thank you all so much. Having the suggestions enabled me to enhance the other letters more and knowing what I was looking for helped a lot. Does anyone know if this business is still in operation? I wonder if so, are there any old records as to who was the subject of the photo by the number on the back?

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Clarence Studios, Birmingham?
« on: Saturday 14 March 20 01:35 GMT (UK)  »
This stamp is on the back of a photo dated Sept 24, 1945. It looks like Clarence Studios and the lower line is Birmingham. I'm stumped on the word before Birmingham if anyone knows. Also does anyone have info on this photo studio

World War Two / William Gosnold record
« on: Monday 07 October 19 19:15 BST (UK)  »
I just ordered a Military Medal record from the National Archives and this is what I received. The line is a crop from a page with other names and similar markings but there's no explanation f what any of it means. There are no headings or side marks...nothing. William Edward Gosnold was a third engineer on the Swires, China Navigation ship SS Kwangtung in 1938 on and before that was on the SS Hupeh both running along the China Coast and maybe to Malaya. Does anyone have any idea what these codes mean?

Armed Forces / Re: Mitchell Thomson Royal Engineers Records
« on: Wednesday 11 September 19 23:29 BST (UK)  »
FindMyPast has 5 pages - that one is page 2

Got it! I went to FHC and they had the full set. Got all five pages now, plus a re-download of his son's record which was 12 pages.

Armed Forces / Re: Mitchell Thomson Royal Engineers Records
« on: Wednesday 11 September 19 15:27 BST (UK)  »
Thanks everyone. I received the page from an contact but no clue as to where he got it.  I'll go the the Family History Centre today and check. They have a Fold 3 and I think Find my Past as well. I was under he impression that he'd researched it all but I guess he didn't get the whole file.

Armed Forces / Mitchell Thomson Royal Engineers Records
« on: Wednesday 11 September 19 06:09 BST (UK)  »
I'm hoping someone can tell me how I might find the rest of this record? It appears to be maybe the last page of his record at the end of his service. I have his son's record and it's about 11 pages and lists all his postings as well as his wife and children, with dates  and places of birth. His number looks to be #5079 from what I can make out. I believe he retired and died in England, about 1912, but his service record could give important details of his life's movements. He enlisted about 1857 according to this page and served until 1878. Any advice would be very much appreciated.
Brian Beesley

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