Photographs of William Essington Kent and Noel Essington Kent

Scope and Content

Album 1 - China, Hong Kong and Japan 1920s. Includes photographs taken on the Empress of Russia, views of Swatow showing destruction after the typhoon of 1922 and deep-sea fishing off the Phillippines. Obituary for WE Kent.

Album 2 - Shanghai, England, Sumatra, India, 1937-38

Album 3 - Japan, Shanghai, Korea, India, 1930s-1940s

11 loose photographs various dates, chiefly Shanghai.

Administrative / Biographical History

Captain William Essington Kent was born in Dewlish, Dorset in 1867. After serving his apprenticeship on sailing ships he went out to China where he first became a travelling pilot on Candian Pacific liners and, later, a Shanghai Licensed pilot. In 1923 he narrowly survived the earthquake at Yokohama where he also took part in a great deal of rescue work. He died at Dorchester, England in 1935 and is buried at his birth-place, Dewlish.

His son, Noel Essington Kent, was born in 1903. He worked for a subsidiary of Arnhold?s in Shanghai. When the Communists came to power in 1949 he moved to Natal in South Africa. He died in 1991.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Carol Kent, the daughter of Noel Kent.

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