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JB Elcum
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1897

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(born Nov-18-1860, died Nov-28-1945, 85 years old) United Kingdom

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1. JB Elcum vs AL Chittenden 0-1531897Singapore Straits Times tournamentC01 French, Exchange

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Jul-31-20  GrahamClayton: Elcum was for many years the Director of Education in Singapore, and authored several articles about the indigenous form of chess played in the Malayan peninsula. He later emigrated to Cornwall in England, and was an active player at least up to the late 1920's.
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  Stonehenge: <Mr. John Bowen Elcum, B.A., Director of Education in the Straits Settlements and the Federated Malay States, is the son of Mr. Hugh William Elcum, solicitor, of 13, Bedford Row, London, and was born on November 18, 1860. He was educated at Highgate School and at Queen's College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. In 1884 he became a cadet in the Straits Settlements Civil Service, and was successively Acting District Officer for South Malacca, Central District, Province Welles-tev, and the Dindings. In 1893 he became Acting Sheriff of Singapore. In 1895 he was appointed Acting Inspector of Schools, and in the next few years, in addition to discharging the duties of that position, he acted as Official Assignee and Registrar of Peeds, Collector of Land Revenue, and Officer-in-Charge of the Treasury,Malacca ; First Magistrate at Singapore, and Inspector of Prisons. He was confirmed in the appointment of Inspector of Schools for the colony in 1898, and in 1901 the title of the office was altered to that of Director of Public Instruction. From October, 1904, Mr. Elcum was Financial Commissioner of the Federated Malay States, and, shortly after it was decided to amalgamate the Education Departments of the Straits Settlements and the Federated Malay States, he was appointed Director of Education. Mr. Elcum ls a member of the Singapore Club and of several other local clubs, and his principal recreations are chess, golf, and croquet. He Passed the Government final examinations in Malay in 1886, in Chinese (Kheh) in 1891, and Chinese (Hokien) in 1897. He married in 1888 Ethel Harriet, daughter of Thomas Augustus Fox, late Harbour Master of Pinang.>

Twentieth century impressions of British Malaya: its history, people, commerce, industries, and resources Page 269

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