Stanfield Family Collection
The Rev. John Howard Stanfield (1888-1971) and his wife Lilian May Stanfield (née Harris) were in China as missionaries (Methodist Missionary Society) from 1910, with some breaks, finally leaving in 1951. During the Second World War, their eldest child, John Edward Stanfield, was a Signals Officer in the Royal Corps of Signals. He served in Special Operations Overseas (S.O.E. Far East Force 136) in China from 1944 to 1946. In October 1945, John E. Stanfield was temporarily promoted to major to accept the official surrender of the Japanese forces in north China, at a ceremony in the Forbidden City. See article by John E. Stanfield about S.O.E. Far East Force 136 and his wartime expereinces at http://riddlemagazine.com/soe-force-136-in-china/. The part of the Stanfield Family Collection that relates to John E. Stanfield (i.e. the photograph albums JS03 and JS04, the 1940s photographs) is now online - as well as all the loose prints (JS-s). HPC refs: JS-s, JS01, JS02, JS03 and JS04.