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Mar 13 2014

Exhibition of the “Harold Thomas Matches Collection”

You are cordially invited to visit the exhibition of the “Harold Thomas Matches Collection”. The exhibit will be held at Special Collections, 1/F Main Library, the University of Hong Kong, from 10-23 March 2014.

Mr. Harold Matches, a British subject, joined the Hong Kong Police on August 1935 at the age of 24. He was interned with other members of police force at Stanley Internment Camp during Japanese occupation.

After recuperation in Australia and returning to England to get married, he resumed his police duty in Hong Kong in 1947 in CID Kowloon City Police Station where he was in charge of a team of detectives. He was very much involved in the high profile murder case of Lytton Bevis Woods. He resigned from the Hong Kong Police in December 1948 and emigrated to Canada, later returning to UK.

This exhibition features Harold Matches police work including his police IDs and personnel records, police diary book, murder case file; others include correspondence whilst in Stanley Internment Camp, temporary identity document issued in Stanley Internment Camp, and more.

For more information and to view part of the collection, please visit:

For enquiries, please contact Special Collections at or 2859-2207

Best wishes
Iris Chan
Special Collections Librarian

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