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Montgomery, John Collection

John Montgomery (1900-1974), who was generally known as Jack, and also as Monte, was born in Manchester, England. After war service with the King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) between 1918 and 1920, he joined the Shanghai Municipal Police (SMP) in 1924. John Montgomery married Phyllis Harrop in 1929. The couple later divorced. Montgomery resigned from the police force on 22 May 1938 and returned to England. Phyllis Harrop remained in China, later moving to Hong Kong where she worked as a social worker, and in 1943, having escaped from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong, published the book Hong Kong Incident. The John Montgomery Collection is held in Special Collections, University of Bristol Library (Special Collections ref DM2836). Only a selection from this collection is currently online. HPC refs: JM-s, JM01, JM02, JM03, JM04.