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Maj Aylmer Cavendish Pearson
(5 Aug 1876 – 15 Mar 1926)

He was twice Governor of British North Borneo, firstly 1915-1922 and secondly 1925-1926 (cut short by his early death). Coincidentally, his father-in-law Edward Peregrine Gueritz had also been Governor, 1904-1911.

The political history of Borneo is extremely complicated, but nowadays the island as a whole is divided among three countries: (East) Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south.

East Malaysia comprises two states, Sarawak and Sabah, plus the offshore territory of Labuan, adjoining Brunei Bay. Brunei forms two enclaves surrounded landwards by Sarawak.

But in those far-off times, when Britain (and numerous other European nations, to be fair – but we were by far the best at it, and so are nowadays the only ones to be reviled as beastly imperialists) went around like Autolycus or Kipling's crocodile, snapping up unconsidered territorial trifles, what is now East Malaysia was British North Borneo.

And what is now [West] Malaysia was just mainland Malaya, and what was the capital city (founded by Stamford Raffles) of Malaya is now the independent and highly successful state of Singapore.

And these were the stamping-grounds of the Waddells, Littles and McEwens in an earlier generation, as witness the following links

I'd welcome any further information about Aylmer Pearson himself.



Birth5 Aug 1876
Death15 Mar 1926 (aged 49)
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,
BurialAnglican Cemetery
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah,
Memorial ID21468192