Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Uttley, Kenneth Harrison (1929-1955)

updated October 17, 2013

b. January 24, 1901 - d. May 22, 1972, bur. St Mary Church, Pyrton, Oxfordshire. Leys School and Caius College, Cambridge. MRCS (Eng.) 1925; LRCP (Lond.) 1925; MB, ChB 1928, MD August 4, 1934 (Cantab.); DTMH (Lond.) 1928. Hong Kong 1929-55. British West Indies 1955. Chief Medical Officer, Antigua 1955-1966. England 1966. Vicar of Purton, Oxfordshire [n.d.]. Publications: Mortality from Cerebrospinal Fever in Hong Kong, Journal of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 1938, Vol. #32, Issue #2, pp.287-292. Studies in Tuberculosis in Hong Kong, British Journal of Hygiene, March 1938, Vol. #38, Issue #2, pp.150-170. The Epidemiology of Bubonic Plague in Hong Kong, The Caduceus, February 1939, Vol. #17, Issue #1, pp.1-20. My Internment Diary, December 8 1941 to the Liberation 1945, Phodes House Library, Oxford, MSS.Ind.Ocn.s.223. The Cancer Death Rate in the Colored Population of Antigua, West Indies, Over the Last Seventy Years, British Journal of Cancer, June 1959, Vol. #13, Issue #2, pp.153-163. The Epidemiology of Puerperal Fever and Maternal Mortality in Antigua, West Indies, Over the Last Hundred Years, British Journal of Gynecology, December 1959, Vol. #66, Issue #6, pp.954-960. Honor: The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Officer January 6, 1959; Companion of the Imperial Service Order (ISO), Queen's Birthday 1963.

HONG KONG 1929. Government doctor 1929-1955. District Medical Officer; Medical Officer, Victoria General and Maternity Hospital - March 25, 1930. Medical Officer, Kowloon Hospital March 25, 1930. Railway Medical Officer March 28, 1930 - 1932. Medical Officer, Venereal Diseases Clinics [n.d.] - April 1, 1930; Deputy Registrar of Birth and Deaths March 1, 1932. Medical Officer In-Charge, Government Civil Hospital February 14 - October 14, 1936. Senior Medical Officer April 1, 1941. Nutrition Research Committee 1939. JP (official) 1936-39. Battle of Hong Kong, surrendered (as the Medical Officer In-Charge) the Kowloon Hospital to the Japanese invasion force December 12, 1941 [1], one day ahead of the fall of Kowloon, and 13 days ahead of the surrender ordered by Governor and Commander-In-Chief of the British Forces Mark Aitchison Young on Christmas Day. Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, interned Argyle Street Camp (POW) December 24, 1941, Stanley Camp (civilians) January 23, 1942-1945; Medical Officer In-Charge, Tweed Bay Hospital. Studied priesthood during internment; ordained priest, Hong Kong Anglican Church 1954. Retired from Hong Kong Civil Service 1955.

s/o Frank Uttley, Methodist minister.
m. Helen Marion Uttley, b.1899-d.1978. Had issues: 1. son [s.n.]; 2. daughter [s.n.].

[1] Uttley had a note sent to the Japanese commander [s.n.] offering to surrender the hospital. They were ordered to hoist the Japanese flag, and later on that day a Japanese medical officer arrived and took command of the hospital. Several Japanese officers visited the hospital on December 15 and brought with them a sack of rice, some vegetables and sugar, and oddly a few cigars and offered them to the captives. By December 22, all the medical personnel were removed from the hospital, some to the Kowloon Hotel, others to YMCA. There was no mention of the whereabouts of the patients. The Kowloon Hospital remained in the hands of the Japanese Army until it was reclaimed by Isaac Newton with the keen assistance and armed support of three British officers and a detachment of ten Indian soldiers on September 5, 1945, six days after the Liberation of Hong Kong.

Selected bibliography: Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW) September 6, 1945, p.1, Jap Looters Thwarted at Hospital. The British Medical Journal, August 18, 1934, p.333. Find A Grave [internet]. The Hong Kong Government Gazette, 1932, March 11 (#158); 1936, February 28 (#201); 1941, July 4 ( #800). Hong Kong Government, Medical and Sanitary Report for the Year 1930. The London Gazette, January 13, 1959, p.309. Return of Municipalities, Local Boards and Other Public Bodies in the Colony the Year 1939. Roland, Charles G., Long Night's Journey into Day: Prisoners of War in Hong Kong and Japan, 1941-1945, Waterloo, Ontario, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2001. Supplement to the London Gazette, June 8, 1963, p.4817. US National Library of Medicine [internet].

[Proactive research ended October 17, 2013.]


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