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Researching the names of the dozens of people who attended the two services held to commemorate the death of Sir Thomas Jackson has left me feeling a bit like Alice down the rabbit hole. So much more to learn. I still have no idea who many of them might be. I have left room for future entries, as I learn more.
Sharon Oddie Brown. September 1, 2014.
Updated September 2, 2014

Updated: September 3, 2014 footnote 56.

Updated: September 5, 2014. Footnotes #15, 45 & 67. The interconnections of the BLYTH, GILBEY and ROME family have become more clear, thanks to new info.
Updated: September 6, 2014 Footnotes #57 & 58. Thanks to substantial new information from Mark Sherbrooke received after he read the initial post.

Update: Footnote 153. Much of the new info from an email from Gayle Thomsett November 3, 2014



1915 Dec 24 The London and China Telegraph
NOTE: Another version in another press gave a few more details, espcially concerning the impact of sons being active on the front in France. I also referred to the funeral in a blog piece.





Sir Thomas Jackson, chairman of the London committee of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, died in his room at the bank, in Gracechurch-street, EC, on 21st inst. He was found dead at his desk, with some of his business letters still unopened. He had attended to transact business when he was seized with illness and died before medical assistance could be obtained, death being described to heart failure. If death was to come so suddenly it at least saved him any suffering, and the manner of finding him in his own room, at the bank with which his name is associated, and in whose service he had devoted so many years, would probably have been such as he himself would have desired.


Sir Thomas, who was 74 years of age, having been born in 1841, was the first baronet. He was the son of the late Mr. David Jackson, of Urker, Crossmaglen, Ireland. Beginning his career in Belfast branch of the Bank of Ireland in 1860, Sir Thomas went to the East in 1864 to Agra and Masterman’s Bank. Two years later he joined the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank, of which he became successively accountant at Shanghai, manager at Hankow and Yokohama, and sub-manager at head office in 1870. Two other appointments took place to Yokohama, and then he came home on short leave, being acting manager in the London office. On returning to Hong Kong. He became chief manager in 1876. It may be noted that the reserve fund of the bank then stood at $100,000; today it is $33,000,000. In 1884 Sir Thomas was instrumental in founding the Savings Bank in the Colony, the Hong Kong Bank carrying out the work and receiving deposits. Although he retired from the East in 1889 and again in 1891 and became London manager, he was induced on both occasions to return to China to assist the bank in tiding over financial crisis. It was not until some years later that he came home, finally, and took up the post of chairman of the London committee. He was a justice of the peace for Hong Kong, and was a member of the Legislative Council for Hong Kong from 1884 –6, being the first elected member. His many services to the Colony and the bank are well known, and earned for him first a knighthood in 1899 and in 1902 a baronetcy was bestowed on him. Hong Kong, which gratefully recognised all he had done for the island, erected a statue to his memory rightfully placed on the seaside of the Hong Kong bank building. He did much to build up and maintain British prestige in both China and Hong Kong, and he was known amongst local Chinese as the “Luck of Hong Kong.”


In addition to being Chairman of the London committee of the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank, Sir Thomas is also Chairman of the Imperial Bank of Persia and the London committee of the North China Insurance Company, and was on the boards of the London County and Westminster bank, the Union Discount Company of London, the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation, and the Yorkshire Penny Bank.


He married, in 1871, a daughter[1] of the late George Julius Dare[2], Royal Navy, by whom he had four sons and four daughters[3], and is succeeded by his elder son, Major Thomas Dare Jackson, MVO, DSO, Royal Lancaster Regiment, born in 1876, who gained his DSO in the South African War. Sir Thomas second[4] and third sons[5] have both been wounded in the present war[6]. His residence was at Stansted house, Stansted, Essex.


Sir Thomas was representative of the best type of Northern Ireland man, hardheaded, very shrewd, and immensely hard-working, while he was possessed of a very genial disposition and a kind heart that won many friendships and rendered him always extremely popular with everyone. In”TJ” the Far East has lost one of its best and most representative financiers.




The funeral ceremonies took place at the Stansted Parish Church on the 24th instance, the interior having many flowers in the coffin being covered with many reefs and other floral more mentors. The coffin was born by the butler and other employees on the estate. The service was choral. Those who arrived by the train from Liverpool-Street were met at the village station by motors[7] and taken to the church. The company included: –


Captain Julius Jackson[8] son, Lieutenant Russell Jackson[9] son, Mr. G. Brown[10], Mr. D. Gilmour[11], Mr. G. F. Wright[12], and Mr. Jack McCullough[13] nephews, Sir Charles Addis, Sir Walter Gilbey[14], Lord Blyth[15], Hon. Herbert Blyth[16], Lady Cameron[17], Sir Fielding Clark[18], Mr. Gershom Stewart, MP[19], Mr. Murray Stewart[20], Mr. J Annan Bryce[21], MP, Mr. A.M. Townsend[22], Sir Carl and Lady Meyer[23], Mr. J. R. M. Smith[24], Mr. Sam Hughes[25], Mr. Douglas Jones[26], Mr. H. L. Powell[27], Mr. W. E. Ross[28], Mr. W.S. Edwardson[29], Mr. J.P. May[30], Mr. R.C. Gosling[31], Mr. and Mrs. W. Foot Mitchell[32], Mr. W. Mumford[33], Reverend R.C. Earl[34]; Mr. G. Alder, jun[35], Mr. A. Alder[36], Mr. V.A.C. Hawkins[37], Mr. H.E.R. Hunter[38], Dr. and Mrs. Hartigan[39], Major and Mrs. Tabor[40], Colonel Healey[41], C.M.G., Mr. W.A. Buchanan[42], Capt. Rutledge[43], Mr. G Newell[44], Hon. Mrs. Rome[45], Mrs. Archie Gold[46], Mr. W. Saunders[47], Mr. J. Ross Anton[48], Mr. T. Gauthorp[49], Mr. and Mrs. Scott Henderson[50], Mr. H.E. Yeomans[51], Hon. Mrs. Gerald Gold[52], Mr. H.H. Bass[53], Mr. W.H.S. Tissiman[54], Mr. J. Lyall[55], Mr. Horace Harwood[56], Mr. T.M.C. Brown, Mrs. Bolton[57], (representing Capt. Bolton[58]), Mrs. Eric Man[59], Sir John McLevy Brown[60], Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gold[61], Mr. E.H. Oxley[62], Mr. D.H. Macintosh[63], Colonel David Chapman[64], Mr. D. Prime[65], Mr. J.C. Peter[66], Mr. Tresham[67], Mr. W. Irvine Rowell[68], C.M.G., Mr. P. Hendry[69], and Mr. G. Little[70].




A Memorial service was held at the parish church of All Hallows, Lombard Street, EC, at 12 noon. The service was choral, the hymns and the 90th Psalm being finally rendered by the choir. At the close of the service the “Dead March” in Saul was impressively rendered by the organist. The service was well attended by all friends of Sir Thomas, the company, present including: –


Lady Addis, Lieutenant T. Addis[71], Miss Addis[72], Mr. A.L. Allen[73], Mr. Frederick Anderson[74], Mr. and Mrs. L.J.C. Anderson[75], Mr. A.G. Angier[76], Mr. and Mrs. Anton[77], Major Atkinson[78], Mr. O. Baker[79], Sir Eric and Lady Barrington[80], Mr. F.J. Barthorpe[81] (General Manager London County and Westminster Bank), Mr. W.C. Bain[82], Mr. W.M. Blackie[83], Mr. R. Blackwell[84], Lady Boyes[85], Miss Boyes[86], Mrs. Blackwell[87], Mr. S. Broadbent[88], Mr. J. Campbell[89], Mr. John Caines[90] (Yorkshire Penny Bank Ltd,) Mr. E.J. Carroll[91], Mr. H.C. Carruthers[92], Mr. R. Cook[93], Mr. J.B. Coughtrie[94], Mr. G.H. Crawford[95], Miss G. Davies[96], Mr. J.G. Davies[97], Mr. F. d’Iffanger[98], Mr. de St. Croix[99] (North China Insurance Company), Mr. George Evans[100], Mr. Ewell[101] (London County and Westminster Bank), Mr. C. Ford[102], Mr. A.J. Fraser[103], Mr. W. Fraser[104], Miss A. Furley[105], Mr. A.S. Garfitt[106], Mr. K. F. Gordon[107], Mr. H Gosuch[108], Mr. W.H.N. Goschen[109], Mr. J. Howard Gwither[110], Mr. Sydney Hancock[111], Esther J. H Heycock[112], Mr. E.E. Hiles[113] (Royal Exchange Assurance), Mr. R.H. Hill[114], Mr. Wynard Hooper[115], Lord Inchcape, Mr. G.W. Jamieson, C.M.G., Mr. E.M. Janion, Dr. James Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. H.D.C. Jones[116], Mr. L.O. Jones, Mr. C.B. Jourdain, Mr. Paul King[117] (Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs), Mr. M.C. Kirkpatrick[118], Mr. C. Macintosh[119], Major O. Magniac[120], Mr. J. MacLennan[121], Mr. Malcolmson[122], Mr. T. Mercer[123], Mrs. Middleton-Williams[124], Mr. A. Moncur[125], Mr. G.W.Moore, Mrs. Montgomerie[126], widow of Rear-Admiral Montgomerie[127], Mrs. Noble[128], Mr. C.R. Nugent[129] (Union Discount Company), Mr. R.E.N. Padfield[130], Mr. Page[131] (Page and Gwynther), H.E. the Persian Minister[132], Mr. J.K.F. Picken[133], Mr. O.C. Plowman[134], Mr. W. G. Rathbone[135], Mr. J.P. Reid[136], Mr. R.L. Richardson[137], Mr. G.A. Richardson[138], Mr. Roberts[139], Mr. E.F. Robinson[140], Mr. Sidney Rogers[141] (Imperial Bank of Persia) Viscount St Aldwyn, Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Edward Seymour[142], Mr. G.E.Sendall[143], Mr. A.A. Shand[144] (Parrs Bank) Mr. A.P. Simpson[145], Mr. J. De Bernièr Smith[146], Mr. J. R. M. Smith[147], Mr. W. F. Spalding[148], Mr. H. M. Stanley[149], Mr. G.H. Saul[150] (Anglo Egyptian Bank), Mr. J.J. Todd[151], Mrs. A.M. Townsend[152], Miss Jessie Thomsett[153], Mr. W. H. Wallace[154], Mr. William Walter[155], Mrs. E. Whatney[156], Mr. F. Wheatley[157], Mr. B. White[158], Mr. T.H. Whitehead[159], Mr. W.N. Whymper[160] (Royal Exchange Assurance), Mr. C. Wield[161], Mr. W. Wield[162], Mr. H.C. Wilcox[163], (representing China Association) and Mr. A.G. Wood[164].





[1] Amelia Lydia DARE (1851-1944), wife of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[2] George Julius DARE (1807-1856) father of Amelia, and a ship’s captain and chandler operating out of Singapore.

[3] NOTE: There was one more daughter, Edith Bradford JACKSON (1874-1874), who died as an infant in Ireland.

[4] George Julius JACKSON (1883-1956), born in Hong Kong.

[5] Walter David Russell JACKSON (1890-1956) born at Chiselhurst, Kent, England.,

[6] NOTE: Two years later, Thomas and Amelia’s youngest son Claude Stewart JACKSON was killed at Ypres.

[7] NOTE: One of the cars would have been the Rolls Royce which Thomas Jackson had custom ordered a few years earlier.

[8] George Julius JACKSON (1883-1956), born in Hong Kong.

[9] Walter David Russell JACKSON (1890-1956) born at Chiselhurst, Kent, England.,

[10] George Brown (1877-1936) of Killynure, Co. Armagh, 3rd son of Thompson BROWN and Elizabeth JACKSON, a sister of Thomas Jackson. He stayed on at the farm but never married. His niece Dorothy recalls him saying "No way he could bring a wife to Killynure because mother, and sisters Blin, and Mary were all there." Not to mention Lizzie the maid. His two older brothers were bankers and brokers in the Far East, and his sister married Samuel GILMORE, another HSBC banker, and later a broker. George was likely the only family member who was free to attend the funeral.

[11] Aka David GILMORE (1878-1959), son of Eliezer GILMORE and Sarah JACKSON, a sister of Thomas Jackson. He was a farmer at the family farm at Liscalgot, Co. Armagh.

[12] G.F. WRIGHT This is probably James Francis WRIGHT, who married one of Thomas Jackson’s nieces in Hong Kong, Mary MENARY, daughter of William MENARY and Mary JACKSON, a sister of Thomas Jackson. He was also a banker-broker in the Far East, and had also been with HSBC early in his career.

[13] Aka John Andrew McCULLAGH, youngest son of Andrew Bradford McCULLAGH and Margaret JACKSON, sister of Thomas Jackson.

[14] Sir (Henry) Walter GILBEY, 2nd Baronet (1859-1945) He held the office of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Essex in 1895. His father was a paymaster in the Crimean war, and then a successful London wine merchant. Walter continued on as Chairman of W & A Gilbey Ltd. NOTE: See connection to Walter Gilbey GOLD.

[15] James BLYTH was the 1st Baron Blyth (1841–1925) and was also a Director of the wine mercantile firm of W & A Gilbey Ltd.. Thomas Jackson was an aficionado of fine wine, and Blythe was a recognised authority on both wine culture and wine buying and selling. James BLYTH married Eliza MOONEY in 1865 at St. Mary’s Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Her father was William MOONEY from Clontarf, Co. Dublin. From Whitakers Peerage: His seat was Blythewood, Stanstead, Essex.

[16] Herbert William BLYTH, 2nd Baron Blyth (1868–1943). He married Sylvia Mary DENNIS daughter of Edwin Edward DENNIS in 1974, and died without issue. SOURCE: www.peerage.com

[17] Lady Cameron: Josephine Elizabeth HOUCHEN wife of Sir Ewen CAMERON (1841-1908) who was a manager of HSBC and served in the same generation of bankers as Thomas Jackson. She was also the great grandmother of David CAMERON, British PM. He was also a director of Parrs Bank (succeeded by A.A. SHAND who also attended the funeral).

[18] Sir Fielding CLARKE (1851-1928), was a Chief Justice of Hong Kong in the 1890s, and died in Essex.

[19] Gersham STEWART worked for HSBC from 1882-89, and then set up his own business. A conservative politician, he not only opposed Irish Home Rule, but was also a Parliamentary supporter of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. His wife, Henrietta Ellen GRESSON, daughter of retired Maj William Henry GRESSON, was born in Dublin. They married in 1904 at Holy Trinity in Shanghai. At the time, her residence was in Shanghai, and his was Hong in Kong.

[20] Murray STEWART. He joined HSBC in 1887, went East in 1890 and was a bullion broker. He worked with JACKSON in Hong Kong and was an assistant to ADDIS at HSBC, London. He was brother of Gershom STEWART, another HSNC staffer.

[21] John Annan BRYCE (1841-1923), a contemporary of Thomas Jackson, and a merchant active in India and Burma. Because of my interest in Irish connections, I find it intriguing that he bought Garnish Island, in 1910, close to Glengarriff, Co. Cork. This is where Thomas Jackson’s youngest daughter Dorothy retired to, and I have yet to learn why she chose that spot.

[22] Aka Alfred Markham TOWNSEND (1847-1939), born in Grassby, Parish of Searby, Lincolnshire, son of Thomas Jackson Milnes TOWNSEND (1819-1890), Vicar of Searby and his wife Sarah. He was the 2nd son of 10 children. A.M. TOWNSEND was manager of the London branch and director of the London Board of HSBC, and also the father of Ethel Mary TOWNSEND who married another HSBC manager, Newton John STABB. In July 1870, Thomas Jackson greeted him when his boat decked in Yokohama. It was early enough that Thomas Jackson was still in his pyjamas.There was a probate for an Alfred Markham TOWNSEND of 29 Palace-gate, Kensington who died 16 April 1839 with probate to William Walter STABB, barrister of law & Josephine Eleanor BLACKWELL wife of Thomas Charles BLACKWELL. Effects £33,529 6s 6d. In the 1911 Census, he is 64 years old, living at 16 Hans Mansions, London S W, and had been married for 35 years to Mary Alice and they had 6 children, 4 of whom were still living. His wife was born as Mary Alice HOUCHEN, at Thetford, Norfolk. She died Nov 4, 1940. One of their sons had died that year and was buried at Ypres: 2nd Life Guards. 13th May 1915. Age 31. Son of Alfred Markham Townsend and Mary Alice Townsend. News: June 6, 1902: Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. —The following changes in the management are announced Mr. John Waiter retires from the active service of the Bank from 31st ult., and becomes a member of the London Committee. Mr. H. T. S. Green also retires to take up a more important appointment in San Francisco. The following appointments have been made by the Directors, viz. .—Mr. Alfred Markham Townsend, late Agent for the Bank in New York, to be a Manager; and Mr. George William Butt, late Manager for the Bank at Singapore, to be Acting Sub-Manager at the London office News Jan 8, 1876: Jan 4 Townsend-Houchen-At St Cuthbert's, Thetford, by the Rev B Houchen, rector of Newton (uncle of the bride), assisted by the Rev T J M Townsend, vicar of Searby, Lincolnshire (father or the bridegroom), Alfred Markham Townsend, agent of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, at Hankow, China, to Mary Alice, second daughter of John Houchen, Esq, of The Limes, Thetford, Norfolk,

[23] Sir Carl Ferdinand MEYER (1851-1922) was a German-born director of HSBC, became a British citizen in 1877, and spoke out against the German military during WWI. In 1883 he married Adèle, daughter of Julius Levis.

[24] Aka James Ross Middleton SMITH went East in 1882, and became Manager of HSBC in 1902 after JACKSON. He retired due to ill health in 1910. He served as Chairman on the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce 1909-1910. When he died 13 August 1918, he was resident at 187 Queens Gate, Middlesex,. Probate of his estate went to Edith Annie Mountjoy SMITH, widow and to Sir Charles Stewart ADDIS & Gildon HARWOOD, solicitor. Effects: £118,469 5s 6d. A brief obit was published in the Straits Times, 24 August 1918. He was a member of the St. Andrews Society. NOTE: I do not know whether the J.R.M. SMITH, organist at St. Johns was her son. He died August 13, 1918 at 187 Queens Gate, Middlesex, London. His wife was Edith Annie Mountjoy SMITH.

F. H.H. King’s Vol 2 of The History of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. p.12  On March 15, 1882, J.R.M. Smith and V.A.C. Hawkins left England for the East together, in 1884 Smith in Shanghai and Hawkins in Hong Kong received additional pay for their handling of tasks usually assigned a more senior officer, and in 1902 they were both in Hong Kong, both eligible to be appointed Chief Manager as Jackson’s successor.

[25] Sam HUGHES

[26] Douglas JONES

[27] H. L. POWELL

[28] W. E. ROSS

[29] W.S. EDWARDSON An HSBC accountant in the London Office.

[30] J.P. MAY. NOTE: A Charles W. MAY was on HSBC staff at Kobe in 1888.


[32] William Foot MITCHELL (1859-1947) A British conservative politician. Any relation to F.W. MITCHELL HSBC staffer (agent in Saigon) and son of Hong Kong Postmaster-General who died1881 after starting with HSBC in 1869?


[34] Reverend R.C. EARL

[35] G. ALDER, jun

[36] A. ALDER

[37] V.A.C. HAWKINS (1860-1945) HSBC Manager.

[38] Henry Edward Ranson HUNTER (1859-1923)  He went East in 1882, was sub-manager to SMITH in 1902, and Manager of Shanghai in 1911 during the revolution. He then retired to London and became a director of Hambro’s Bank and the Imperial Bank of Persia. He was an uncle of Kathleen HUNTER who married Thomas Jackson’s son Walter David Russell JACKSON. He was born in Inverness, Scotland and died in London. His probate gives 2 addresses: 59A Brook-St Grosvenor Square, Westminster, Middlesex and The Thatched Cottage (A Conservative Club that Thomas Jackson also belonged to).

[39] Dr. William McKnight HARTIGAN (1852-1936), born in Limerick, was a brother-in-law of Thomas Jackson through his marriage to Florence Gertrude DARE. He was a staff physician for HSBC.

[40] Major Albert Maitland TABOR (1872-1941) was the husband of Thomas Jackson’s daughter Kathleen McCullagh JACKSON (1872-1959).

[41] Colonel Coryndon William Rutherford HEALEY served in the Boer War with the South Wales Borderers


[43] Capt. RUTLEDGE


[45] Hon. Mrs. ROME NOTE: Another version gave the more complete name: the Hon Mrs. Claude ROME. She was a daughter of Baron James BLYTHE of Stanstead. See footnote #15: Lord BLYTHE. From Whitakers Peerage: Hon Grace Loudenne, now Hon Mrs. Claude Rome, b. 1875 married 1905 Capt Claude Stewart Rome 11th Hussars. The Queensland Figaro 23 January 1908: The christening of the infant son of the Hon. Mrs. Claude Rome and Captain Claude Rome eventuated on Thursday. November 11, 1920 The Times from London: Lieutenant - Colonel Claude Rome, Dragoon Guards ( "Queen's Bays"), and the Hon. Mrs. Claude Rome have left for Egypt on their way to India.

[46] Mrs. Archie GOLD


[48] James Ross ANTON (1844-1918) was an Exchange Broker in Hong Kong broker who later worked with the STEWART brothers after they left HSBC. The son of James ANTON in Westminster, he married Jane Stewart TULLOCH at St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong on Oct 21, 1921. NOTE: A C. TULLOCH was with HSBC in Shanghai in 1891.


[50] Mr. and Mrs. Scott HENDERSON


[52] Gerald GOLD

[53] H.H. BASS


[55] J. LYALL Possibly connected to Lyall, Still & Co, represented on HSBC Board of Directors during Thomas JACKSON’s tenure.

[56] Horace Gilden HARWOOD (1859-1837), a solicitor and son of a solicitor born in Lincolnshire, living at Chiselhurst (where Amelia and the children lived during most of Thomas Jackson’s last post in Hong Kong). He died at his home at The Rookery, Lubbock Rd., Chiselhurst, Kent. His wife, Hilda BRANSON had been born in Bombay, India in 1875. Her father went to Bombay; practiced in the District Courts and at headquarters. He was an advocate at the Madras High Court of Judicature, and Acting-Advocate-General of Bombay, where he conducted the last trial of Bal Gangadhar Tilak for sedition. He made a special study of the appellate and criminal side of court work. Engaged in many famous cases. Author, Cases relating to India tried by the Privy Council. Died Apr. 3, 1912, aged 69, at 14, Cuffe Parade, Bombay.  SOURCE: Cambridge Alumni Records. NOTE: He was also the solicitor who deal with the probate for Thomas Jackson's will. His address at 31 Lombard was the address for the old address for HSBC.

[57] Mrs. BOLTON was Julia MITCHELL (abt 1856-1929), the 2nd wife of Charles James BOLTON. The first wife of Capt. Charles Henry BOLTON (was Louisa Caroline DARE (1845-1870), a sister-in-law of Thomas Jackson. She died at sea, likely with her two daughters. For background on the DAREs see my blog post: Crowd Sourcing and the DAREs.

[58] Charles James BOLTON (1839-1917) was a sea captain who was in the employ of Jardine Matheson. He captained the Jardine Matheson crack opium schooner, and when steam came, he captained the Glenartney. His 1st wife, Louisa Caroline DARE was one of his connections to the family. His friendship with William KESWICK, as well as his employment with Jardine Matheson would have been other aspects of his connections with the family of Thomas Jackson.

[59] Eric MAN

[60] Sir John McLevy Brown (1835-1926). Born in Lisburn, Ireland, Chief Commissioner of Customs in Korea.

[61] Mr. and Mrs. Walter GOLD (1864-1954). of Hawthorne, Stanstead Essex,. He was a wine merchant, and a neighbour of Thomas JACKSON  His wife was Elizabeth GILBEY whose father was also a wine merchant. NOTE: See connection to Sir (Henry) Walter GILBEY,

[62] E.H. OXLEY He came East in 1874 to work for HSBC in Hong Kong, and retired in 1903.

[63] D.H. MACINTOSH. Duncan MACINTOSH went from HSBC London Office in 1883 to Singapore. In 1911, he was head of the Tientsin branch of HSBC. He may be the Duncan MACINTOSH who died August 4, 1955. SOURCE: Will probate.

[64] Colonel David CHAPMAN

[65] D. PRIME

[66] Sir John C. PETER. He went East to work with HSBC in 1884.He served in Singapore 1911-1922.

[67] TRESHAM. I suspect this was an error in the article. Another version mentions a Tresham GILBEY (1862-1947). He died without issue. He was founder and editor of Baily's Hunting Directory, and also a Justice of the Peace. Source: thepeerage.com

[68] William. Irvine ROWELL(1887-1916), C.M.G son of Dr. Thomas Irvine ROWELL of Straits Settlements. Cambridge University records: Adm. pens. (age 18) at JESUS, Oct. 1887. S. of Thomas Irvine, M.D. B. Nov. 30, 1864, at Singapore. School, Marlborough College. Matric. Michs. 1887; B.A. 1891. Cricket ‘blue,’ 1891; Football (rugby) ‘blue,’ 1890. A brewer. Died Dec. 17, 1916, at Stansted, Essex. (Marlborough Col. Reg.; Book of Blues.)

[69] P. HENDRY

[70] G. LITTLE

[71] Thomas ADDIS (1895-1952), born in Shanghai, son of Sir Charles ADDIS, and a godson of Thomas Jackson.

[72] I need to check the ADDIS diaries to see which daughter this was.

[73] A.L. ALLEN. I have a hunch this was actually A.W. ALLEN aka Allen Whitworth ALLEN (1879-1961). He was a son of Whitworth ALLEN & Anna Maria DARE – which would make him one of Thomas Jackson’s nephews. If he was in London, and not somewhere like Kobe, he would be there.

[74] Frederick ANDERSON

[75] Mr. and Mrs. L.J.C. ANDERSON: Lionel John Crosby ANDERSON (1875-1946), born in Yokohama, and Mary Josephine NOBLE (1888-1964),. She was a daughter of George Edward NOBLE, an HSBC Manager, and Francesca Marion Bertha SEXTON. They married 1913 in Penang. SEE: Noble-Sexton Family tree. Lionel’s father Drummond ANDERSON, who had worked in Japan as foreign correspondent for the Belfast Chronicle and for the Yokohama Specie Bank, committed suicide in Yokohama in 1892.

From an account written by Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac, 1997:

Joined the Hongkong & Shanghai Bank in London in 1893 at the age of 17. Lived in Hampstead and Sheila Gatford remembers being told by him that he used to walk to the City with an apple in his pocket for lunch! Was sent to the HKSB branch in San Francisco until c1898 when he was posted to the Far East. Records from the Bank show that in December 1907 he was working in the Export Department and in January 1909 the Telegrams Department, both of the Shanghai branch. In 1911 he was Accountant in the Bank's agency in Penang where he married Molly Josephine Anderson. By 1916 he was Agent in Tientsin, China. From 1922-1926 he worked in Amoy, China. His final appointment was Manager in Saigon from c1926-27.

[76] A.G. ANGIER

[77] Mr. and Mrs. ANTON. NOTE: A P.W. ANTON went from London to Hong Kong in 1874 worked in the London office of HSBC in 1888 whereas a James R. ANTON was a broker in Hong Kong in the 1860s. That’s all I know.

[78] Major ATKINSON

[79] O. BAKER

[80] Sir Eric and Lady Barrington Sir Eric BARRINGTON KCB (1847 –1918) was a British civil servant who was principal private secretary to three Foreign Secretaries.


[82] W.C. BAIN

[83] W.M. BLACKIE on the London Home staff of HSBC, and a frequent correspondent with Thomas Jackson.


[85] Lady BOYES In 1920, she arrived in New Zealand

[86] Miss BOYES


[88] S. BROADBENT In the Share Dept at HSBC in London. According to F.E. NICOLL”  Given to sudden ejaculations, for example, “Rumjohn, will the night soon pass.”


[90] John CAINES (1846-1919). Hunch: A John CAINES retired Bank Clerk died 1919, widow Florence Helena CAINES. They are in the 1911 census, where he is a retired bank official. They married in 1896


[92] H.C. CARRUTHERS. At the Home Office, and according to F. E. NICHOLL: “The Flea” Very short with a grey beard.

[93] R. COOK



[96] G. DAVIES

[97] J.G. DAVIES. NOTE: There was a J.S. DAVIES at HSBC in London in the early 1900s.


[99] de ST. CROIX NOTE: A George de St. CROIX worked in the London Office in 1865, and went East in 1872..In 1878 he as accountant in Shanghai. Also, a George de St. Croix was with Gilman & Co. in Hong Kong and Canton in  1848. SOURCE: An Anglo-Chinese Calendar for  the year 1848. G.C. de St. Croix was an HSBC clerk in the China Directory for 1874.

[100] George EVANS. NOTE: A Charleton EVANS was a junior with HSBC in Hong Kong and Shanghai. tul

[101] EWELL

[102] C. FORD

[103] A.J. FRASER

[104] W. FRASER

[105] A. FURLEY

[106] A.S. GARFITT

[107] K. F. GORDON NOTE: A K.L. GORDON was an HSBC staffer and friend of Gersham STEART.

[108] H GOSUCH

[109] W.H.N. GOSCHEN

[110] J. Howard GWITHER (1835-?) Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China.

The Bankers’ Magazine Vol 49. JH. GWYTHER, now director and chief manager of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, and one of the most respected men in the City of London, was born in 1835, at Milford, in South Wales. When aged seventeen, he entered the banking house of Messrs. Rogers, Olding and Co., and remained there four years.

Mr. Gwyther entered the City Bank in 1856, Mr. A. J. White being then manager. About two years were spent entirely in the discount office. Mr. Gwyther then went to the Chartered Bank of India as sub-accountant in London, and, after three months' probation, was deputed to Singapore as accountant at that branch. After one year's service there, he went on to Shanghai as accountant, and after one more year became manager at Shanghai. This post also he only occupied for one year, and left it to take up a bill-broking business in that city, in succession to Mr. Page. He came home for a holiday in 1864. Just as he was returning to Shanghai, in 1865, the Chartered Bank of India offered him the post of sub-manager in London, under Mr. G. Ure Adam.

On Mr. Adam's retirement, in 1870, the subject of this sketch became manager in London of the Chartered Bank of India, a bank which has prospered under his direction with the greatest steadiness, notwithstanding the trials connected with constant fluctuations and depression in the value of silver, demanding the utmost care in conducting an exchange and remitting business of the kind. With such skilled men of business as go-betweens, merchants have been able to ward off the evil effects of instability in the relations between gold and silver, but the task has been hard, and Mr. Gwyther sighs-for the repose and stability which bimetallism would offer. In conjunction with Mr. H. H. Gibbs, Mr. H. R. Grenfell, and the late Mr. P. Tidman, Mr Gwyther was one of the earliest advocates of bimetallism. He is on the Council of the Association, and is ever ready to uphold the banner of his creed. Mr. Gwyther has managed to make himself agreeable to customers, to staff and to directors alike ; has never been spoilt by success ; has never spared himself in the matter of work, nor been guilty of injustice either to customer or subordinate. In the matter of help to young men he has been conspicuously painstaking, and has reaped a harvest of esteem. The remark has often been made and echoed, that it would be well for the City of London if there were more bankers in it like him.

[111] Sydney HANCOCK

[112] Esther J. H HEYCOCK

[113] E.E. HILES

[114] R.H. HILL

[115] Wynard HOOPER aka Wynnard HOOPER – resided at Sumner Place, Kensington, London. There was a Wynard HOOPER who spoke as a statistician in Ireland in 1889. Another, perhaps the same, was a journalist with The Times in their financial and City Dept. 1882-1914. His first wife was a CALLWELL of Lismoyne.

[116] Mr. and Mrs. H.D.C. JONES.  A bulky man with a genial if erratic manner and was known as Jumpy Jones. From an account by F.E. NICHOLL, in the London Office 1909-1913.

[117] Paul KING (Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs) He recorded his experiences: In the Chinese Customs Services: A Personal Record of Forty-Seven Years” 1924.

[118] M.C. KIRKPATRICK. He started with the Oriental Bank of Singapore, and started with HSBC in 1875, became HSBC agent in Batavia for 14 years (1887-1909), and retired 1909.


[120] Major O. MAGNIAC



[123] T. MERCER


[125] A MONCUR. Was he related to David MONCUR, the first London junior employed in London in July 1871 and died in Yokohama in November 1873? A. MONCUR was the accountant in the London office of HSBC also known as Sandy MONCUR, a member of the Home Staff, described by F.E. NICHOLL as: A choleric Scot with a rasping tongue but a grand instructor of the young and a splendid fellow..

[126] Alethe Marian MONTGOMERIE, eldest daughter of Spencer Charrington of Hunsdon House, Hertfordshire,

[127] Rear-Admiral Robert Archibald James Montgomerie, C.B., C.M.G., C.V.O., A.M., Royal Navy (11 September, 1855 – 1 September, 1908)

[128] Mrs G.E. NOBLE aka Francesca Bertha Marion “Daisy” NOBLE (1857-1945). Her husband was an HSBC manager, and she volunteered with Amelia JACKSON on the Ladies Recreational Committee in Hong Kong.

[129] C.R. NUGENT

[130] R.E.N. PADFIELD Submanager at HSBC, Gracechurch, London

[131] PAGE

[132] H.E. the Persian Minister

[133] J.K.F. PICKEN

[134] . O.C. PLOWMAN

[135] William Gair RATHBONE was the P&O Director serving on HSBC’s London Consultative Committee (1900-1919). He was also a director of the Royal Exchange, the London County and Westminster Bank, and Parrs Bank.

[136] J.P. REID

[137] R.L. RICHARDSON was with Bradley & Co.when he served on the HSBC Board of Directors between 1897 and 1902.


[139] ROBERTS. I wonder if this might be the father-in-law of John Vaughan ROBERTS who married a daughter of John Henry LLOYD and Amy Oliver JACKSON (daughter of Thomas JACKSON).

[140] E.F. ROBINSON. A G. Gower Robinson went from HSBC London Office to Hong Kong in 1878.

[141] Sidney ROGERS (1866-1936). He joined the Imperial Bank of Persia as a young officer in 1892, and retired as London Manager in 1930. He was born in London, his wife Ida Maude was born in Glasgow, and their first child was born in Persia in 1906, the 2nd in London in 1910. His probate shows that he died July 17, 1936 at The Red House, Weybridge, Surrey. Thomas JACKSON served on the Board.

[142] Sir Edward Hobart SEYMOUR (1840-1929). In the late 1890s, he was Commander-in-Chief of the China station.


[144] Alexander Allen SHAND (1844-1930), from Scotland. At the age of twenty, in 1863, he became acting manager of the Chartered Mercantile Bank in Yokohama, about the time that Thomas Jackson arrived in Yokohama as agent for HSBC. Like David Jackson, Thomas’ younger brother, he was awarded the 3rd level of the Order of the Rising Sun for his work in banking. As with the JACKSONs, he was known for his honesty and integrity and commitment to the success of banking in Japan. He was described as a Western banker who, during the Mejii period, earned the trust of the Japanese. In the 18970s in Tokyo, he was invited to teach the first generation of Young Japanese bankers the elements of modern Western banking, book-keeping, auditing and accounting. IN the 1900s in London, he was an important agent who smoothed the wasy for the Japanese government to borrow large sums on the London money market. SOURCE: Britain and Japan Vol II: Biographical Portraits by Professor Ian Nish,

[145] A.P. SIMPSON

[146] J. De Bernièr SMITH

[147] J.R.M. SMITH. The Chief Manager of HSBC in 1902 succeeded JACKSON in the position. He had started at HSBC in the 1880s and retired in 1910 for reasons of health.

[148] W. F. SPALDING

[149] H. M. STANLEY

[150] G.H. SAUL

[151] J.J. TODD

[152] Aka Alfred Markham TOWNSEND (1847-1939). See footnote #22.

[153] Jessie THOMSETT (1866-1933), born in Hong Kong, was an unmarried daughter of Henry George THOMSETT (1825-1892) & Suzanna Agnes CUNNINGHAM. Her father was Harry G. THOMSETT, the Habour Master of Hong Kong from 1861 to 1888, and he also served on the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. In 1911, Jessie was living with her widowed mother Suzanna Agnes THOMSETT in London and working as a shorthand typist. NOTE: Henry Mayes THOMSETT aka Harry was her brother and the first born son. He was born in Hong Kong abt 1862 and was on staff with HSBC in Hong Kong, serving under Sir Thomas JACKSON in the late 1880s. He died Sept 12, 1911 after a period of ill health. He had married Blanche BUSHBY of Goring, Sussex on Oct 31, 1891 at St. Andrews Cathedral in Singapore. Hs wife, Blanche, and his son Frank (b 1895) survived him. Harry also had an older sister Mary Susannah, a younger brother Frank Dathan THOMSETT (an engineer with the RN, he died 7 Oct 1911), and sisters Ada, Nora, Minnie & Lily. SOURCE: Email from Gayle Thomsett November 3, 2014. NOTE: A history of St. John's Cathedral records an intriguing vignette at H.G. Thomsett: In the mid-1860s, an acrimonious dispute was waged within the congregation over sittings in the Cathedral, in which questions of precedence were involved. There were not nearly enough seats to provide proper accommodation for both the garrison and the general public. In 1865 the Navy, which considered that the Admiral’s seat was inferior to that of the General, brought matters to a head by demanding a re-adjustment of seating. This was done and the Navy was happy but other people had been displaced by the new arrangement and they were not disposed to ‘put up and shut up’. Mr Thomsett was asked to exchange sittings with Mr Vaucher…this was the spark which ignited a whole barrel of gunpowder (a popular figure of speech at that time). Captain Thomsett, the Harbour Master, had the strongest objections to the changes, for the question of social precedence was involved. There were several unpleasant scenes in Church and months of protracted negotiations in which the Trustees, the Governor and the Attorney General were involved — the pecking order is interesting! The Attorney General refused to commit himself so an appeal was made to London from whence the verdict was returned: “Parishioners have a claim to be seated according to their rank and station.”

Ada and one of her sisters lived on The Bluff on The Peak in Hong Kong in 1887 and in 1888.

[154] W. H. WALLACE. He went East to work with HSBC in 1884, and then left during the 1889 stock boom, and rejoined in 1892.

[155] William WALTER

[156] E. WHATNEY


[158] B. WHITE

[159] Thomas Henderson WHITEHEAD (1851-1933). For 12 years, as the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce representative on the Legislative Council, Whitehead was the thorn in many officials’ sides.  SOURCE: Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography.

[160] W.N. WHYMPER. Author of The Royal Exchange Assurance: An Historical Sketch. Published by Corporation of the Royal Exchange Assurance, 1896. He served as Secretary.

[161] C. WIELD

[162] C. WIELD

[163] H.C. WILCOX

[164] A.G. WOOD. There were several WOODs who worked with HSBC, but his name did not pop up.



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