Thomas Atherton 1930 – 1949

The photograph is of Thomas Atherton’s grave, the 18 year old formerly of Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne was a member of the 37th Field Squadron Royal Engineers, he is interred at Happy Valley Hong Kong. Read more…

In early 1840, the British Army had set a military camp in Happy Valley. However, the camp was later closed due to the increasing number of soldiers succumbing to malaria. The cause of malaria was unknown at the time and the soldiers apparently suffered a then-unknown fever. Early settlers had suggested the area to be used as a business centre, but the suggestion was put off due to the valley’s marshy environment, which was causing fatal diseases. The death rate in the area and Victoria City was high in the early colonial days, and the valley became a burial ground for the dead. As a result, the valley was renamed as Happy Valley, a common euphemism for cemeteries. In 1846, the British felt that the valleyed terrain was ideal for horse-racing, and thus cleared the paddy fields and developed the Happy Valley Racecourse. For this, the Wong Nai Chung river was recoursed to Bowrinton Canal, known as Ngo Keng Kan  locally, beside reclamation of Wan Chai. The canal is presently covered under Canal Road.

In 1922, Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital located in Happy Valley started operation.

Happy Valley, Hong Kong. (2012, May 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 07:25, June 9, 2012, from,_Hong_Kong&oldid=494942019
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