University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: Ba-s020. Photograph taken in Preston, UK, by Arthur Winter. 'Uncle Tom' = Thomas Roger Banister, who was born in Preston on 8 February 1890. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1913, he joined the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, serving until June 1946 when he retired with the rank of Commissioner. A resume of his career up to 1938 can be found at http://www.bris.ac.uk/history/customs/resources/careersah.html#Banister. T.R. Banister was the author of "The Coastwise Llights of China" (1932).
Black and white photograph