Ian Gill and his mother ‘Billie’ hold the author’s children Sabrina and Brian – named after his half-brother who died in wartime Hong Kong – in 1999. Photo: Courtesy of Ian Gill

The Hong Kong half-brother I never knew, and the life I owe him

‘You were two sons rolled into one,’ his mother told Ian Gill the first time they visited his half-brother's grave in Stanley Military Cemetery. But for little Brian's death in 1944, the author might never have been conceived at the nearby internment camp

Topic |   Old Hong Kong

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Ian Gill and his mother ‘Billie’ hold the author’s children Sabrina and Brian – named after his half-brother who died in wartime Hong Kong – in 1999. Photo: Courtesy of Ian Gill
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