2nd June 1915 (Wednesday)


~  in Kempen in Posen, in Prussia (now Kępno in Poland) – Fritz Gromotka, German Luftwaffe Ace.

~ in Saratoga, Minnesota – Ramon Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico Smith Heathcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez-del Rey y de los Verdes, aka Lester del Rey, writer of science fiction and fantasy and founder of Del Rey books.

~ In Wandsworth, London – William Lionel Murton, English-Canadian character actor.

~ in Quetta in the British Raj (now in Pakistan) – Sir David Clive Crosbie Trench GCMG MC DL, British Army Officer and 24th Governor of Hong Kong.





12th May 1915 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Canada – Doris Edna Gray, BSc, MSc, PhD and research fellow at the University of Western Ontario, and later Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Hong Kong. Later still, a retiree in Dunblane, Scotland, where she bequeathed “a sum of money to the Women’s Engineering Society to encourage women in Scotland to become professional engineers. Part of this sum of money was allocated to provide £1,000 per year for women studying in Scotland” (the Doris Gray Scottish Scholarships).



2nd June 1913 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England – Elsie Tu (nee Hume, later Elliott), missionary to China (expelled to Hong Kong in 1949); Hong Kong social activist, campaigner against corruption and colonialism; CBE (1987); “Hongkong’s most widely admired personality” in 1993; retired from politics in 1999 (aged 86). Critic as recently as this April (2013) of Hong Kong’s “tycoons with no conscience” [South China Morning Post, 22nd april 2013].