"[Her husband] retired from the Royal Engineers a Captain in September 1919. On 5 September he was appointed architect to the Imperial War Graves Commission in France Belgium and Germany, working under Sir Herbert Baker, Sir Reginald Blomfield and Sir Edwin Lutyens to execute their designs for British military cemeteries as well as designing and carrying out many himself. He designed 67 cemeteries including Marzargues Indian Cemetery, Longueval, Fricourt and the Memorial at Arques-la-Bataille. He also assisted Lorimer on cemeteries in Germany.
He left the Commission on 15 October 1926 when he was appointed to the Public Works Department in Kenya on the reconmmendation of Sir Herbert Baker. There he supervised the construction of all buildings designed by Baker under the Colony's Loan Programme, amounting to a total value of some £700,000 by 1935. He was elected FRIBA on 22 July of the latter year, his proposers being Baker, Blomfield and Thomas Lumsden Taylor.
By the late 1930s Hutton had transferred to a post as Senior Assistant Architect in the Public Works Department in Singapore, the Straits Settlement. In 1946 he was Government Architect, Malayan Union, Kuala Lumpur, Malaya. He returned to England on his retirement and was living in Surrey in 1950".
"When the Japanese invasion was imminent his previous military experience led to an Emergency Commission in the army as Lieutenant Colonel. It was his job to organise the civilian evacuation. He sent his family to safety in Australia on one of the early boats to depart Singapore. There my mother joined the WAAAF with who she served as a rdio operator, leaving at the end of the war as a Corporal.
My grandfather stayed to the bitter end, finally boarding the S.S. Kuala on 14 February 1942. Following the sinking of Kuala and with the permission of the other survivors, he and a couple of companions made for Sumatra. Landing on the East coast, they made their way through the jungle, avoiding the advancing Japanese to the West coast of the island where they acquired a fishing boat from a local kampong, planning to sail to Australia. After 3 days at sea they were fortunate to be picked up by an Australian Navy Destroyer and taken to Ceylon. From there my grandfather was at last able to inform his family that he was still alive and had successfully escaped from Singapore.
His adventures did not end there, nor was he able to travel to Australia to rejoin the family. Instead he was ordered to England where he underwent Special Operations training prior to being parachuted into Malaya behind Japanese lines to join Force 136. He was on hand to re-start the civilian government of Singapore after the Japanese surrender and must have been one of the first members of the Singapore government to report for work after the Japanese surrender."
"ALLAN HOPPER was born in Moscow on 27th July 1860, being the son of mr William Hopper, a Scotsman, who founded the Shipock Iron Works in Moscow in 1847. He was educated at home in Russia and at Dr. Bryce's Collegiate School in Edinburgh.
From 1876 to 1880 he served his apprenticeship in the works of Messrs John Musgrave and Sons, Globe Iron Work, Bolton, and in the latter year entered his father's works in Moscow, taking charge of the erecting shop.
In 1882, together with his two elder brothers, he was taken into partnership by his father, when the firm of W Hopper and Co formed.
In 1887 he became general manager of the engineering works in Moscow and the iron works at Orehovo-Zuevo, a post which he held until his death. Both works were considerably extended under his management, and at one time employed over 1,000 hands.
He was a Member of the Committee of the Moscow Bourse, of the Council of the Committee of Millowners and Manufacturers, and one of the patrons of the Kommissaroff Technical School in Moscow.
His death took place suddenly from heart failure in Moscow, on 3rd October 1910, at the age of fifty.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1890."