29 Palace Gate, W
1915 Dec 25
Telephone 2851 Kensington
My Dear Effie,
I wonder what sort of a Christmas you are having – I have no doubt the children are having a high old time – here we are having a very peaceful day – Josie & her two are with you – & the children are as happy & as good as they can be – they have all just gone on to Kitsie’s for an afternoon party, & we are to dine there this evening: supposed to be a farewell to Eric – who now “joins” I don’t know yet exactly what – he wants to join Alan’s Corps – but there is a difficulty about getting a commission. There are now.
There is no question about “War” now; nearly everyone seems to be joining – & it is affecting all trades & business. Of course it is a thousand times worse in Germany – not a ship there can go to sea – Their Ports all idle – Factories closed except for munitions – everything paid for in paper – which can’t be redeemed – & by Loans on which they will have trouble to pay the interest on, & food so dear that the poor people can’t get it – I don’t think they can, or will stand much longer.
I went yesterday to Jackson’s funeral – in his day – which was almost before you can remember – he was a great man – a real leader – large hearted & generous & not self-seeking & we were all glad to follow him – latterly he became feeble & often querulous, though at times his old spirit would light up again.
He fell asleep at the desk in the office – they reported him asleep & an hour after found that it was death. He was wonderfully attached to the bank, & I think that was the end he would’ve liked.
It was he who welded the staff into a “Service” & so long as he was at the helm – there was always a fine esprit de corps among the men.
I really meant to tell you about the funeral – there was a service at all Hallows Lombard Street, at which a great many attended – including mother & Josie – superintended by Mister Jones – but I went with Aunt Josie & Kitsy to Stanstead. We left home at 9 o’clock got there at 11:45 went straight to the church & after the service took a motor back to B. Stortford – I had to stand up & a third class carriage all the way back & got home at 4 o’clock – getting some lunch at Liverpool Street – it was about a miserable a funeral as could be; cold and pouring with rain – there were a good number of people there – McLevy Browne, Addis, Edwardson, Murray Stewart, Hunter, Oxley, Smith, Carl Meyer, Swire, Douglas Jones, McCullagh Browne, Rowett, Mitchells, Duncan Macintosh, J.C. Peter, & heaps more. Lady Jackson was not there – the family came strolling in – Tommy & Pat were expected from the front, but did not arrive in time – poor Julie came in on his crutches. He lately had another operation – so he was looking very delicate & then – but they are hopeful that he will now get on, better.
When we went outside to the grave. It was pouring cats & dogs & I was sorry for the poor clergyman and choir boys – it did not much matter to us, with umbrellas – & so home.
It will, I fear be a sad breakup for the family – though I expect Tommy will be generous to them all – until a lady Tom takes charge.
Now I hear the children just come back – so I’ll stop, with best love
So sorry to get a note from Pike yesterday to say my note about Bergi arrived two days after the fair – she must have thought me a fraud as I told her that she would be looked after at Colombo & Penang & Singapore. Mails seems to get any help now a days.
The printers are taking an awful time with Sid’s diary – I sent them the final proof, [??..??] ago.
 Ethel M. TOWNSEND born abt July 1880, New Jersey, USA. In 1909, she married Sir Newton John STABB (1868-1931), another HSBC Manager. He was born December 15, 1868 in St. Johns Newfoundland where his father and uncle ran Nicholas Stabb & Sons. They had two sons & three daughters. She was an active hostess & den mother of the young HSBC staffers when they lived in Hong Kong. Ethel’s mother was a sister-in-law of Sir Ewen CAMERON (1841-1908) – another example of the intermarriages within the HSBC family. Ethel died three decades after her husband, on February 6, 1961.
 Josephine Eleanor TOWNSEND born 1881 in New Jersey USA. She married Dr. Thomas C. BLACKWELL (1874-1967) in 1905. The children would be Josephine & Walter BLACKWELL.
 Allan’s Corps?
 I assume Douglas JONES aka H.D.C. JONES?
 Aunt Josie?
 NOTE: AT age 68.
 Sir Charles Stewart Addis (1861-1945)
 W.S. EDWARDSON An HSBC accountant in the London Office.
 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.
 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).
 E.H. OXLEY He came East in 1874 to work for HSBC in Hong Kong, and retired in 1903.
 J. De Bernièr SMITH
 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.
 John aka “Jack” SWIRE (1861-1933) was the eldest son and successor to John Samuel SWIRE (1825-1898) of Butterfield & Swire.
 Douglas JONES (Was this H.D.C. Jones (1863-), an exchange banker with HSBC?
 My hunch is that he was Henry Lee ROWETT (1844-1922). As described by F.E. NICHOLL in abt 1910: ‘Uncle’ A Dickens character in frock coat and silk hat with a wide brim. Suffered from senile decay and was almost reduced to tears if thwarted. Titular head of the Share Department because no one had the heart to turn him off. SOURCE: Frank H.H. King. Vol ii, p177.
 Duncan H. 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.
 Sir John C. PETER. He went East to work with HSBC in 1884.He served in Singapore 1911-1922.
 Thomas Dare JACKSON (1876-1954). He married in 1919.
 Claude Stewart “Pat” JACKSON (1892-1917). He would be killed at Ypres in 1917.
 George Julius JACKSON. He was nicknamed “Joo”. At time of his father’s probate in March 3, 1916 he was resident at 39 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington (home of Townsends). Also of Great Pasbrooke Farm,Titchfield, Hants, England.
 Dorothy St.. Felix JACKSON (1887-1964). She became active in the Bloomsbury group.
 Beatrice Minnis Shrieve JACKSON (1879-1972). She was widowed with a seven year old son, her husband having died in 1914 of wounds in the war.
 Walter David Russell JACKSON (1890-1956). He was the father of the current Sir Michael JACKSON who inherited the baronetcy.
 Major Albert Maitland TABOR (1872-1941), later of Bovington Hall, Bocking, Essex.
 His eventual wife was the redoubtable Mary Lillian Vera Massy LLOYD (1891-1975).
 Aka Alfred Markham TOWNSEND (1847-1939),
 Sid’s diary?
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