|Given Name(s)||Manassah Nat|
|Place of Birth||Leeds, UK|
|Date of Birth (Eng)||March 26, 1902|
|Date of Birth (Heb)||17 Adar II 5662|
|Date of Death (Eng)||December 2, 1966|
|Date of Death (Heb)||19 Kislev 5727|
|Age at Death||64|
|Hebrew Name||מנשה נתן ב”ר חיים|
|Spouse’s Name||Julia Maria Gardner|
|Father’s Name||Hyman Rakusen (Rakuzhin)|
|Mother’s Name||Toby Klein|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||Son: Ron Rakusen (b. 1940, HK). Siblings: Moses (b. 1895), Besy (b. 1898), Yetty (b. 1900), Rosy (b. 1904)|
|Inscription (Eng)||TO THE BELOVED MEMORY OF
MANASSAH NAT RAKUSEN
BORN 26TH MARCH 1902
DIED 2ND DECEMBER 1966
AGED 64 YEARS
DEEPLY LOVED – SO SADLY MISSED
|Inscription (Heb)||פ’נ’ ר’ מנשה נתן ב”ר חיים רקוסען נולד י”ז אדר ב’ תרס”ב נפטר י”ט כסלו תשכ”ז לפייק בן ס”ד שנים ת’נ’צ’ב’ה|
|Inscription (Other)||“269” on front face of base|
|Historical||From 1932 – 1937, he worked for Sennet Frères, which was owned by the Albert (4B7) & Rosie Weill (4B4). He then worked for Philco Radio Distributors as a manager. During the war, he was a S/Sgt in the HKVDC Pay Corps and was initially interned in the Sham Shui Po POW camp. On April 29, 1944, he was transferred to the Sendai No 2 Camp in Japan, where he worked in a coal mine until the war ended. When the war ended, he returned to HK and was reunited with Julia and Ron, who had been in Shanghai since mid-1942. He was awarded an MBE for his valiant efforts both during and after the war, and was a Major in the RHKVDC when he retired.
He was a champion billiards player and also won the Hong Kong Singles Lawn Bowls Championship on the day Ron was born in 1940.
Julia’s family was in HK and Macau for generations. Her grandfather, Anis (William/ Wilhelm) Gahar (Gardner), died in 1875 and is buried in HK Cemetery. It is believed that her grandmother, Cecília Libânia De Jesus Correa, was born in Macau in 1840. Julia died in London on August 5, 1981 and is buried there.
Nat’s uncle, Lloyd Rakusen, owned and operated Rakusen’s, the famous matzoh company. His father worked for the company. Another relative, Charles Percival Rakusen, lived in Shanghai for many years where he was an eminent ophthalmologist. He died there in 1958.
Ron now lives in France.
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