is comprised of four photograph albums primarily documenting the British
military experiences of White family members serving in China in the 1920s, and their family
life in China through the late 1940s.
Robert John White was born in 1902 in Athlone, Ireland to William Robert White and
Elizabeth Wolstencroft. His father William was in the British Army Royal Horse Artillery and
was stationed in India before serving in World War I. Robert joined the Shanghai Municipal
Police in 1924 and remained with the SMP until 1943 during the occupation of Shanghai by
Japanese troops. He married Bella Gertzman in 1928 in Shanghai, China, and they had two
children together, Ethel Elizabeth and William. They emigrated first to Hong Kong, and then
to the United States in 1950, where Robert worked for the Los Angeles Times until his
retirement in 1967. He passed away in Los Angeles in 1975.
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