|Given Name(s)||Alexander A. (Avraam)|
|Place of Birth||Odessa|
|Date of Birth (Eng)|
|Date of Birth (Heb)||circa 1886|
|Date of Death (Eng)||April 4, 1942|
|Date of Death (Heb)|
|Age at Death||55|
|Hebrew Name||אברהם אלאק לאהרסכי|
|Spouse’s Name||Rivca Vera Sirota|
|Father’s Name||Jacob Lyakhovetsky|
|Mother’s Name||Vera Balaban|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||He had three daughters — Zeena (b. 1910, Nikolaev, Ukraine; d. 1990, Sydney), Alvena (b. 1918, Nagasaki; d. 1983, Sydney) and Elena Helen (b. 1920, HK; d. 2002, Toronto). Zeena married local civil servant Henry “Sonny” Martin in 1929. His father had been the HK Postmaster. They named their son Reginald after the governor, Reginald Stubbs. Alvena married Frederick Sydney Wellstead of Melbourne, Australia, on January 7, 1942. Elena Helen married Canadian Charles Henry Schwenger, whom she met in Australia where he was stationed as an airman.|
|Inscription (Eng)||IN LOVING MEMORY OF
MY DEAR HUSBAND
AND OUR DEAR FATHER
ALEXANDER A. LAIHOVETSKY
DIED 4TH APRIL 1942.
AGED 55 YEARS.
|Inscription (Heb)||המ אברהם אלאק לאהרסכי תנצ”בה|
|Inscription (Other)||“195” on top front right side|
|Historical||Alexander and his family wandered all over Asia (Nagasaki, Shanghai, and finally Hong Kong) where they felt safe until the Japanese invasion. He was a merchant marine captain of the SS Hung On, which sailed between Japan and India. He died in ’42, shortly after the invasion of HK. Rivca, who had returned to his care, sat out the rest of the war in a camp in HK. They were White Russian Jews out of Odessa originally, and had gone east to escape the Communist Revolution.
Grandson Geoff Wellstead wrote on gwulo.com:
“A son of Russian Black Sea mill owners, Captain Alexander Laihovetsky and his family happened to be living in Nagasaki at the time of the 1917 Russian revolution. They moved to HK after World War I, then went to Vancouver chicken farming (unsuccessfully) in the early 1920s, but by the mid ’20s were back in Kowloon Tong. He commanded various ships trading between Singapore-Indochina-HK-Chinese ports-Japan.”
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