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Research into my latest Hong Kong Police Constable came to a dead end in 1908 when he suddenly seemed to disappear. No longer could he be found within Hong Kong. Searches of the 1911 UK census failed to show that he had returned to his homeland so where was he? Clues came with passenger lists which recorded voyages from Singapore back to the UK in the 1920s and 30s. Further research uncovered the fact that he had spent over 20 years in The Straits Settlements (Singapore, Malaya etc.) between 1908 and 1931. As with all former British Colonies the vital records and archives remain in-situ and are not available for online searching but a surprising amount of information is available for the persistent researcher.

The story of Bertie ELLY, Royal Marine, Hong Kong Police Constable, Prison Warder and SO much more can be found on my Hong Kong Police Ancestors Blog:

Bertie Elly

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