Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cullen, Fred (Eastern Scotia)

Updated December 24, 2014

[Worshipful Master, Eastern Scotia Lodge 923 (1923)]
Cullen was born in 1889 and hailed from Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset [There is a source that says that he was born in China.]. He was employed by the Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co., Ltd. as a store-keeper from 1914 until the fall of Hong Kong in 1941. Cullen served in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps. He died at the Sham Shui Po Camp on March 2, 1945 and was buried at the Stanley Military Cemetery. Cullen was married to Angelina [maiden name unknown]. They had two sons. Edward James Cullen, who served as a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was killed in action on December 22, 1941 at the age of 21. William Francis Cullen served as a private in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was killed in action on December 20, 1941. They were both buried at the Sai Wan War Cemetery 西灣國殤紀念墳場. A Mrs. Cullen and children were interned at room 511, Mee Chow Hotel during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. It is unknown if she was Angelina Cullen.

Selected bibliography: Banham, Tony, We Shall Suffer There: Hong Kong's Defenders Imprisoned, 1942-45, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009, p.236. Hong Kong Government, Juror List 1914 through 1940. ipernity, War Memorial, Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset [online]. Roll-of-honour.org.uk. [oline]. The Skirret, Lodge Eastern Scotia 923, p.1.


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