Brother Augustus Barry was born on 14th October 1909 in Burma. He arrived in Hong Kong on 6th January 1932. Brother Augustus taught Class 3 till his transfer to Mandalay on 22nd April 1933. He died in Rangoon (now called Yangon) in 1934.
Brother Hugh Bates was Irish, coming from Clonmel, County Tipperary. In 1930, he entered the Senior Novitiate and after four years of scholastic training, he chose to work in the East. He started off in St. Joseph’s Institution, Singapore and then worked in several schools in Malaysia. At the end of the War, he came to La Salle College. Brother Hugh was a workaholic who seemed to be happy only with working. Unfortunately, he could only stay with La Salle College for three years. At the age of 41, he died suddenly on 31st May 1953 in the Perth Street campus.
Brother Lawrence Blake was born in Ireland on 1st December 1929. He is the blood brother of Brother Mark. He ranks number 9 among the seven brothers and four sisters. Brother Lawrence served in other areas in South East Asia before coming to teach in La Salle College in August 1958. He taught English and Economics. He was good at playing tennis. He left La Salle College in 1968 for Sabah where he taught until 1975. Brother Lawrence was then transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong until becoming the Principal of Chong Gene Hang College in 1987. In 1995, he was transferred to Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College where he taught until he was promoted to be the Principal. He is now the supervisor of both schools. Brother Lawrence is the tallest Christian Brother in Hong Kong! In the photo of two Brothers, Bro Lawrence is on the right, his brother Mark beside him.
Brother Mark Blake, born on 16th March 1931, was number 10 among the seven brothers and four sisters. At the age of 16, Brother Mark followed the good steps of her elder brother – Brother Lawrence to join the Christian Brothers. He taught in the St. Michael’s Institution in Ipoh, Malaysia (1952 – 1960) and in St. Joseph’s School, Kuching, East Malaysia (1960 – 1983). Under his coaching, his students won numerous medals and trophies in interschool competitions. The official age of retirement was 55 but Brother Mark loved teaching so much that he decided to leave Malaysia. His fellow parishioner at Clonaslee, County Laois, Ireland – Brother Raphael, invited him to come to La Salle College (another parishioner was Brother Francis O’Rourke). Brother Mark arrived in 1983. Everyone was impressed with his love in sports – rugby and athletics. It was once rumoured among students that he participated in the Olympic Games and no one doubted it! Here is Brother Mark’s reply: “That’s not true. I can’t even represent Kowloon!” Up till this very moment, he helps various sports teams in their training. He is always present in the interschool competitions – rain or shine. He is still fit and cheerful. He was asked, “How long can you throw the discus?” His answer was, “Two to three hours.” “I mean the distance, sir.” “I never do any measurement.” He will do hiking from La Salle College to Lion Rock three times a week. He can finish the trip in about one hour and fifty minutes. Brother Patrick joins him whenever he is free. Brother Mark reminded us of the motto – “Ora et Labora”, i.e. “Pray and Work”. Courtsey of http://www.lasalle.org.hk At the end of 2008, Bro. Mark returned to the De La Salle Monastery in Ireland. We wish him well!
Mark Huang (85) 2008-05-17 09:56:52
The Heritage Sub-committee is pleased to share that we have put Br. Mark in touch with Louis Jap after they lost touch for many years. Br. Mark has fond memories of his former student and was happy to get back in touch with him.
Louis Jap 2008-02-14 20:18:57
Dear Bro. Mark, 30 over years ago you asked one young man your student in St. Joseph Sec Sch Kuching the time of Camelite Sunday Mass and he bluffed you. That was in the year 1974 and the young was Yap Eng Khai. Some years later he got his name registered to Louis Yap Eng Khai then Louis Jap Eng Khai. I am so sorry to have caused you so much trouble before. I am now doing quite successful in life and careeer in tourism. I want badly to be in touch with you. Please reply me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brother Ubald Bloemen was born on 23rd August 1912 in Germany. He arrived in Hong Kong on 25th April 1933. He taught Class 2. In 1936, he was transferred to St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong. He passed away in Manila in 1974.
Brother Alphonsus Breen arrived from Singapore in August 1958 and taught English, history and religion in La Salle College until he was transferred to St. Joseph’s College in 1962. He is presently Brother Director of St. Joseph’s College as well as Supervisor of the St. Joseph’s Primary School, St. Joseph’s College Kindergarten and De La Salle Secondary School, Fanling. He has contributed much to the Lasallian mission in Hong Kong.
Brother Cassian Brigant was born at Botsorkel, Finistre, Brittany, France in 1889. He received his early education at the famous Likes College of the Brothers at Quimper. In 1900, he entered the Junior Novitiate of the Brothers at the Nantes and completed his senior Novitiate and Scholasticate at Vauxbelets Quernesey by 1907. Brother Cassian then came East and served a short period of Scholasticate at Bandarawalla Colombo. Afterwards, he was sent to Singapore where he started to teach in 1908. In 1914, he was called to serve his country in World War I. He fought with the Infantry at Salonika, Sophia, Verdun and was wounded at Vaux. He received two citations for exceptional zeal and bravery in saving many wounded in the battlefield during intensive bombardment. His country decorated him with the Croix de Guerre avec etoile de bronze et etoile d’argent and the Medaille Militaire. The Government of Bulgaria offered Brother Cassian a ministerial post but at the end of the war he chose to resume his teaching in Singapore. Brother Cassian was very active outside the Dome. He founded the Teacher Association and served as president for three years. He took great interest in music and was a co-founder of the Hong Kong School Musical Association. Brother Cassian also played an active role in the development of scouting in Hong Kong. In recognition of his service to Hong Kong, Lord Rowallan decorated him with the Silver Acorn in 1954. Among many other decorations, the most notable ones are the Insignia of Officier D’Academie and the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government and the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Government.
Johanis — J. Sudama Sasraandjaja (’56-’59) Jakarta Indonesia 2007-12-07 11:36:51
Thank you for presenting this remembrance. I was present at his burial. He was a kind and gentle person. He helped me a lot. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. I was in his French Class. I’m now 66 years old and I have still fond memories of our shool.
Mark Huang (85) 2007-02-16 22:13:48
Thank you for the information of Bro Cassian’s death and burial location. The error has been amended. Mark Huang (85) Heritage Sub-Committee LSCOBA
Paul Tam, teacher of St. Joseph’s Primary School 2007-01-08 20:34:26
Please note that Brother Cassian is buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.