Saturday, February 01, 2014

Ngo Yam Cheang and family (Bukit Brown)

Mr. Ngo Yam Cheang / Ngo Yam Chiang worked for Sime Darby and Co. Ltd, Singapore. He was also a Corporal in the Singapore Volunteer Infantry (S.V.I ) until his resignation in 1910. In 1918, Ngo Yam Cheang was listed as a committee member of the Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club. The President during the time was Mr. Lee Choon Guan, Treasurer: Mr Koh Seck Tian, Secretary: Mr Ong Peng Hock, Committee members: Dr Lim Boon Keng, Mr. Seah Eng Kiat, Mr Seah Eng Koon, Mr Tan Eng Wah and Mr Tan Kheam Hock. Mr. Ngo Yam Cheang is also a shareholder of Dungun Limited.


Ngo Yam Cheang
Ngo Yam Cheang
(source: NewspaperSG)

Death

Ngo Yam Cheang passed away on March 15, 1929 at the age of 62. Cortege started from No 11 Mohamed Sultan Road. He is buried in Hill 3 Division A, plot 375. Mrs Ngo Yam Chiang ( Madam Lim Cheng Lian ) passed away at Youngberg Memorial Hospital on May 1, 1957 at the age of 82. She is survived by 5 sons, Ngo Beng Swee, Ngo Beng Hoon, Ngo Beng Hoe, Ngo Beng Lim, Ngo Beng Huck, 5 daughters-in-law, son-in-law, 16 grandchildren. Funeral service was held at Bidadari Cemetery Chapel. From what i gathered from the missing death date from the tombstone and the newspaper article, Mrs Ngo Yam Chiang is likely to be buried in Bidadari.
Tomb of Mr and Mrs Ngo Yam Cheang
(note death date for Madam Lim Cheng Lian is not listed)
(photo courtesy of Mr.Soh)
Ngo Yam Cheang's tomb uncovered
Youngberg Memorial Adventist Hospital (Upper Serangoon Road)
(source: PictureSG)


Estate of Ngo Yam Chiang -a house in No 11 Mohamed Sultan Road

Family


Brother: Ngo Yam Bee
Mr Ngo Yam Bee passed away at the age of 49 at his residence in No. 70, Emerald Hill Road on May 7, 1926. He leaves behind 1 widow, 2 sons, Ngo Seng Kiat and Ngo Bin Keng, 4 daughters (Ngo Kim Neo, Ngo Hwee Neo, Ngo Quee Neo, Ngo Hoo Neo) , 1 son-in-law, Lim Hock Seng and 2 grandchildren. Ngo Yam Bee is buried in Bukit Brown.

Brother: Ngo Yam Liang
Ngo Yam Liang married the eldest daughter of the late Mr Gan Keng Wee and Madam Tan Swan Neo in November 1911.

A rare picture where you can make out 4 of Ngo Yam Chiang's sons:
Ngo Beng Huat, Ngo Beng Hoe, Ngo Beng Lim, Ngo Beng Swee
at the Chinese Association Concert in Star Opera Hall.
(source: NewspaperSG) 
Son: Ngo Beng Huat
Ngo Beng Huat and Miss Mary Tan
Ngo Beng Huat and Miss Mary Tan in traditional and western wedding outfit
(source: NewspaperSG)
Ngo Beng Huat, the eldest son of Mr and Mrs. Ngo Yam Chiang ( Manager of Messrs. Tan Soo Hock) married Miss Mary Tan, eldest daughter of Mr Tan Soo Hock, J.P. , Municipal Commissioner, Vice President of Straits Chinese British Association, President of the Tan Kongsi, Vice-President of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce , Captain of the Malacca Volunteer Corp (1925) in December 1926. The marriage is to be held at Tan Soo Hock's residence in No 129, Heeren Street, Malacca. Mr. Tan Soo Hock is the the second son of Mr. Tan Jiak Whye and grandson of Mr Tan Beng Wee and great grandson of Tan Kim Seng. His uncle in Mr. Tan Jiak Kim. In January 1927, another wedding reception was held this time in Singapore, Garden Club. The guest numbered 100.

Captain Tan Soo Hock
Captain Tan Soo Hock
(source: NewspaperSG)
The joyful occasion was to last only one year, Mary became a widow when Ngo Beng Huat passed away on January 24, 1928 at the age of 25. He is buried in Hill 2 Division G, plot 168.

Son: Stanley Ngo Beng Swee
Stanley Ngo Beng Swee, second son of Mr and Mrs Ngo Yam Cheang married Miss Francesca Cheah, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Cheah Loon Ghee at the St.Peter's and Paul Church on September 15, 1928. In 1941, Ngo Beng Swee (occupation listed as insurance clerk) divorced his wife on grounds of adultery.The court case detailed clearly the story of the adultery by his ex-wife Francesca with Sim Boon Hoon, a swimming coach. Custody of their two children ( Cecilia Ngo, then 9 and Kathleen Ngo, then 11) went to Mr Stanley Ngo Beng Swee.

Son: Ngo Beng Hoon
Mr Ngo Beng Hoon and Miss Gan Ding Neo
Mr and Mrs Ngo Beng Hoon
(source: NewspaperSG)
Ngo Beng Hoon (staff of Sime Darby and Co Ltd, Singapore) married Miss Gan Ding Neo (a popular women hockey player ), daughter of Mr Gan Hock Chuan in December 26, 1931. The ceremony was held at the bridegroom's house in 168 Moulmein Road and witness by Mr. C.H. Koh, Mr. T.W. Ong and Mr Ngo Yam Liang. Mr Gan Hock Chuan is a son of Mr and Mrs. Gan Tiang Tok. (grandson of Mr. Gan Eng Seng)

Son: Ngo Beng Hoe
The only information about Ngo Beng Hoe other than the picture on him and his brothers was of him passing his London Chamber of Commerce Examination Results in 1930 together with his brother, Ngo Beng Hoon and of him being an Elder in Seminary Church. The other clue is of the passing of his wife, Eilen Ngo Beng Hoe of 2-A Woodleigh on November 21, 1958. The cortege left from Seminary Chapel to Bidadari.

Son: Ngo Beng Lim
Ngo Beng Lim
(source: NewspaperSG)
Ngo Beng Lim was a teacher in the Malayan Union Seminary before leaving in 1957 for further studies in Australia. An old boy of St. Andrew's School, he started teaching in the seminary in 1932. He is being sent under the seminary scholarship to Australasian Seminary College in New South Wales for B.A.degree in Education. The article mentioned that he has a 19 year son who is a medical student in America. Ngo Beng Lim was 42 years of age when he went overseas to further his studies.

Son: Ngo Beng Huck
Tommy Ngo Beng Huck passed away at the age of 81 in November 2000. 

Daughters: ? Twin Daughters
On April 17 1909, there was an announcement notice that the wife of Ngo Yam Chiang (Messrs. Sharpe, Ross and Co. Ltd) gave birth to twin daughters. No daughters of Mr and Mrs Ngo Yam Chiang however were mentioned subsequently.


References
Advertisements. (1909, April 19). The Straits Times
Chinese Wedding. (1911, November 18). Weekly Sun
Untitled. (1917, December 28). The Singapore Free Press
Forthcoming Marriage. (1926, December 18). The Singapore Free Press
Advertisement. (1928, September 22). The Straits Times
Decre Nisi for Clerk. (1941, February 14). The Straits Times
Teacher becomes Pupil.
Death. (1957, May 2). The Straits Times
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