Morris Cohen meeting with Chiang Kai-shek.
(photo credit: COURTESY MICHAEL WALLACE)
THOSE WHO read my previous article about Morris Cohen (December 11, 2017, page 32) will recall the unique story of a Jewish kid in London’s East End who ran foul of the law, was sent to Reform School, and after discharge at the age of 16 to Canada to “make good.” Involved by chance with the Chinese community of railroad workers, he went to China in 1922, became the bodyguard of the president of China, Chiang Kai-shek, and finished his career as Maj.-Gen. Morris Cohen in China’s pre-Communist Army. He was a unique character; he was also my cousin.My present story begins in 1966. I had last seen Morris in 1946 before I left England for Army Service as an M.O. (medical officer) in the New Zealand Army. I heard about him from time to time when he visited my parents, and in 1955 he sent me an inscribed copy of his memoirs, with his florid signature in English and his name stamp in Chinese. He’d married an attractive Canadian Jewish woman, Judith Clarke, and divorced; his wife said she had found she’d married China, not Morris.