|Plot Location||Hong Kong Cemetery
|Place of Birth||Strand district, London|
|Date of Birth (Eng)||1840|
|Date of Birth (Heb)|
|Date of Death (Eng)||October 30, 1889|
|Date of Death (Heb)|
|Age at Death||49|
|Spouse’s Name||Alice Levy née Norton|
|Father’s Name||Morrice Levy|
|Mother’s Name||Hannah Alexander|
|Title (e.g., Dr)|
|Religious Status (כ/ל/י)|
|Cause of Death|
|Other Family Data||He had 15 siblings. Two of his brothers, Henry and Albert, also went to China. Henry died in Shanghai in 1863 at the age of 26.|
|Inscription (Eng)||IN LOVING MEMORY
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
30TH OCTOBER, 1889.
IN HIS 50TH YEAR.
“THERE IS NO DEATH. WHAT SEEMS SO. IS
TRANSITION. THIS LIFE OF MORTAL BREATH.
IS BUT A SUBURB OF THE LIFE ELYSIAN.
WHOSE PORTAL WE CALL DEATH.”
|Inscription (Heb)||פ נ ת נ צ ב ה|
|Historical||Alexander arrived in HK in 1859 to work for the brokering firm, C. C. Cohen & Co., located on D’Aguilar Street. At that time, he lived with the firm’s founder, Charles Coleman Cohen. In 1871, he joined Landstein & Co, which was owned by William Rudolph Landstein (1G5). Following Landstein’s death in 1881, he became the company’s manager but in 1883 he joined George R. Stevens Co. The following year he operated under his own name. In 1886, he was appointed the agent for Hong Kong of the South British Insurance Company (now part of the Aviva Group) but on July 24, 1889, a new agent was appointed. It is unclear whether he left the company at that point or if he was too ill to continue working as he died just a few months later.
On June 11, 1863, in Shanghai, he joined the Northern Lodge of China, associated with the United Grand Lodge of England, where he remained a member until 1867, when he transferred to the Perseverance Lodge of Hong Kong. This lodge included other Jewish members, such as Charles Coleman Cohen, Raphael Aaron Belilios and Henry Ash Cohen.
In 1869, he was summoned to court on the charge of assaulting Charles Cohen’s boy (servant). The boy had answered back when Alexander Levy told him to clean the verandah, saying “suppose you no like my, more better you catchee another boy”. Levy gave him four blows to the face for this impertinence, which the magistrate thought quite reasonable, fining him only 25 cents.
His father was a sheriff’s officer (similar to a bailiff, it was the family business), a wine merchant and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre. He had eight children (including Alexander) with his first wife, Hannah Alexander, and another eight children with his second wife, also named Hannah, and whom he married 15 months after the death of the first Hannah. Morrice’s father, William Levy, founded the family fortune through keeping a brothel in London, which was further increased through the business of sheriff’s officer and associated money lending.
In addition to his two brothers who also went to China, he had another brother who was a magician, ran postal bodybuilding courses, and promoted home electroplating powder. His nephews included a pioneer of Canadian broadcasting, an artist who wrote an anthropological study of Samoa, and a member of the British Special Forces in WWII.
He married Alice, a Protestant from Manchester, on September 1, 1887, in a church in Hong Kong. They lived at Parsee Villa on Mosque Junction, off Robinson Road.
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