Ian Murdoch Macrae

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Ian Murdoch Macrae
Born May 18th. 1913
Nationality British.
Education Edinburgh Academy
Employer John Swire & Sons./ Butterfield & Swire.


October 1932 - August 1936. Employed as a shipping clerk with C Salveson & Co Leith.

August 31st.. Joined J.S. & Sons Ltd. in the Shipping Department. Described as an athletic fellow with charm. Especially cut out to be a shipping clerk. He showed himself to be the best of his colleagues within a week of joining J.S.& Sons.

November 11th. 1936. Arrived in Shanghai, employed in the C.N.Co. freight checking section.

May 14th. 1937.. Reported as being intelligent, keen and made a good showing when taking over a responsible desk at short notice.

August 28th. 1938. Arrived in Tsingtao as assistant with Butterfield & Swire.

March 29th. 1939. Transferred to Swatow as No. 2 in the agency.

January 20th. 1940. Transferred to Hong Kong as the assistant for C.N.Co.

July 26th. 1941. Left B.& S. to join the Army in India, Served as a Captain with Rajputara Rifles, and the 51st. Division in Libya. Wounded and sent home in 1944. In November 1944 the medical report graded him B. Discharged from the Army and rejoined B.& S. Staff as of January 1st 1945.

March 26th. 1945. to August 31st 1945. Shipping department in Bombay, returning to Hong Kong on September 18th. 1945.

March 3rd. 1946 to February 21st 1947. Shipping Assistant in Hong Kong. January 11th. 1947, travelled to Japan and back to Hong Kong as Purser on the Fukien.

February 24th. 1947 - September 21st. 1948. C.N.Co. Shipping department at Shanghai.

September 28th. 1948 to May 30th 1950. Appointed the C.N.Co. agent in Canton, then proceeded on leave to the U.K. After his leave appointed to the position in charge of the Passenger and Floating Staff Department.

December 31st. 1951.. Returned to Hong Kong, and involved with Cathay Pacific Airways, followed by Australian Oriental line.

October 8th. 1953. Employed in the C.N.Co. agency.

April 14th. 1953. In charge of the C.N.Co. Floating Staff Control, in Hong Kong, holding this position until retirement to Melbourne on November 16th. 1968.


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