Patricia O'Sullivan and Dennis Clarke - great niece and grandson respectively of two officers killed by gunmen in the Gresson St. Affray, Wanchai, Hongkong 1918
Policing Hong Kong:
an Irish History
Irishmen in the Hong Kong Police Force 1864-1950
Hong Kong, 1918. Tranquil compared to war-torn Europe. But on the morning of the 22nd January, a running battle through the streets of Wanchai ended in "The Siege of Gresson Street". Five policemen lay dead, so shocking Hong Kong that over half the population turned out to watch their funeral procession.
One of the dead, Inspector Mortimor O'Sullivan, came from Newmarket, a small town nestled deep in rural Ireland. He, along with a dozen and more relatives, had sailed out to Hong Kong to join the Police Force. Using family records and memories alongside extensive research in Hong Kong, Ireland and London, this book tells the story of these policemen and the criminals they dealt with.
It also gives a rare glimpse into the day to day life of working class Europeans at the time, as it follows the Newmarket men, their wives and families, from the first arrival in 1864, through to 1941 and beyond.