Shanghai Policeman, E W Peters with a new foreward by Robert Bickers
Shanghai in the 1930s was one of the world's most dangerous cities, with kidnappings and murders daily occurrences. British police officer E.W. Peters of the Shanghai Municipal Police takes us down the city's dark lanes and alleys, through a crime-ridden underworld of brothels, opium dens and gambling parlors. This often riotous, true-crime chronicle is filled with colorful criminals, fumbled police raids and gross misunderstandings, one of which lands the author on trial for murder. E W Peters played the occasional game of rugby for the Shanghai Municipal Police team.

China Memoirs and Biographies

Captive in Shanghai: A Story of Internment in World War II, Hugh Collar

Hugh Collar played rugby for Shanghai in the early 1920s. He stayed in Shanghai becoming a prominent businessman. The book focuses on the period from 1937 when the Battle of Shanghai raged, through the invasion of the International Settlement in 1941 to eventual imprisonment in Shanghai and finally his release and journey home. Immediately on his arrival in England, he headed straight to a pub to celebrate only to find it had no beer!

The War Years At Shanghai 1941 - 45 - 48, Arch Carey
Covering similar ground as Captive in Shanghai but in more detail, Arch Carey was another long time resident of Shanghai. He played rugby for Shanghai before the First World War and remained in Shanghai until after the Second World War. He was one of the foreigners to be interned by the Japanese and so his book includes more details of life outside of the camp in Shanghai albeit watched clsoely by the Japanese.

Wide Eyed in Old China, James R. Paton

A lovely light hearted memoir about Paton's travels in China and Hong Kong in the 1920s and 1930s as a young business man. 


Bridge House Survivor: Experiences of a Civillian Prisoner of War in Shanghai & Beijing 1942-1945, Henry F. Pringle
"Both vital historical artefact and devastating personal memoir ... Bridge House Survivor will haunt your thoughts." -Patrick Brzeski, TimeOut Hong Kong. Several Shanghai rugby players spent time in Bridge House.

Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai, Robert Bickers
Shanghai in the wake of the First World War was one of the world's most dynamic, brutal and exciting cities - an incredible panorama of nightclubs, opium-dens, gambling and murder. Threatened from within by communist workers and from without by Chinese warlords and Japanese troops, and governed by an ever more desperate British-dominated administration, Shanghai was both mesmerising and terrible.Into this maelstrom stepped a tough and resourceful ex-veteran Englishman to join the police.

No Lotus Garden, Gren Wedderburn
Gren Wedderburn was born in China to missionary parents and became a surgeon who practiced in Shanghai later in Japan. He was the Shanghai Rugby Club's last Secretary and captained the 1949 interport team against Hong Kong. His stories about the liberation of Shanghai in 1949 and his eventual departure from Shanghai are fascinating. As a doctor, he had a ring side seat at many of the historical events of this time.

China Cycle, Richard P Dobson

A sensitive portrayal of a business mans travels throughout China in the late 1930s as the threat of war grew.

The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

Carl Crow - A Tough Old China Hand: The Life, Times, and Adventures of an American in Shanghai, Paul French

Carl Crow arrived in Shanghai in 1911 and made the city his home for the next quarter of a century, working there as a journalist, newspaper proprietor, and groundbreaking adman. He also did stints as a hostage negotiator, emergency police sergeant, gentleman farmer, go-between for the American government, and propagandist. In the 1930s.