George Beer Endacott

Hong Kong historian

1901   -   1971

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
educated at: Balliol College, University of Exeter
occupation: historian, teacher, lecturer

George Beer Endacott (28 February 1901 – September 1971) was a British-born Hong Kong historian. He was born in South Devon in the West England as a son of railway worker. He was educated at Tavistock Grammar School and Exeter University and became a teacher. In the 1930s, he attended Balliol College, Oxford and read politics, philosophy and economics, returning to teaching until he entered the Royal Navy in 1942.During the Second World War he served mainly in the Mediterranean as an interpreter with the French forces. On leaving the Navy in 1946 he took up an appointment as lecturer in history at the University of Hong Kong where he remained until his retirement in 1962. As a historian and author he wrote a number of books including A History of Hong Kong, Fragrant Harbour (with A Hinton) and Government and the People. The manuscript of his last book, Hong Kong Eclipse, was almost finished at the time of his death. It was completed, at the request of the Hong Kong government, by Alan Birch, a senior member of the History Department at the University of Hong Kong who Endacott had asked to read the manuscript.
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