Writer Ian Gill with his mother, Louise Mary Gill, at London’s Buckingham Palace, in 1977, to receive her MBE. Photos: courtesy of the Gill family

My grandfather's amazing life in China and how he found my mother

In 1916 in Hunan, Hong Kong-born Frank Newman took in an abandoned baby girl, much to the disapproval of his compatriots. Her son, Manila-based journalist Ian Gill, discovers that was just one of many surprises in the life of a most independent-minded man.

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Writer Ian Gill with his mother, Louise Mary Gill, at London’s Buckingham Palace, in 1977, to receive her MBE. Photos: courtesy of the Gill family
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