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A Thankless Task (1911–1918)

Shiona Airlie

in Thistle and Bamboo

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028924.003.0010
A Thankless Task (1911–1918)

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Despite the disappointments over promotion, James Stewart Lockhart had little time to brood. The first census since his assumption of the administration had to be organized in 1911. The problems faced by both Stewart Lockhart and Reginald Johnston are discussed. Walter's condemnation of Stewart Lockhart was damning. Shortly before Walter moved from Weihaiwei, Johnston set off, apparently for the last time, on leave from the territory. Life was unsettled for Stewart Lockhart. He undoubtedly felt emotion about the war and the internal strife in China, but his absorbing daily thoughts were the Colonial Office's snub over his promotion. The war effectively ended all hopes of an academic career for Stewart Lockhart. The armistice ending the war was celebrated in every outpost of the British Empire, and Weihaiwei played its part with sports and parties. By the end of 1918, Reginald Johnston, CBE, was about to become, of all things, an imperial tutor.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; Reginald Johnston; Walter; war; Colonial Office; British Empire; China; Weihaiwei

Chapter.  7189 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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