Bill Rigg was a keen amateur photographer. Most of these photographs were taken from his vantage point on the roof of the HSBC Building during the battle of Shanghai in the summer of 1937 (courtesy of Mr J Rigg)
A page from the war diary kept by Felicity Rigg while interned with Bill and John during the war at Yuyuan Camp
(courtesy of Mr J Rigg)
A table at the post match dinner on 8 February 1940 where Shanghai entertained Hong Kong at the Country Club. Starting on the left are , unknown lady, Mr A F Walkden, Mrs W H B Rigg, Mrs S C Allan, Mr W E McCutcheon, Mr S C Allan, Mrs D W Gourlay, Miss Joan Donnelly, Miss Rhoda Wheldon, Mr W H B Rigg and Mr D W Gourlay (courtesy of Mr J Rigg)
John Rigg outside the Holy Trinity Church in April 2013 where his parents were married almost 75 years earlier.
Bill and Felicity Rigg outside the Holy Trinity Church in November 1939
Born in Kirkudbright, Scotland in 1907 to gentleman farming stock, Bill Rigg suffered badly from hay fever and so left the farm in the early 1920s to join a local bank later moving to London to join HSBC in the mid 1920s before being posted to Hong Kong in 1928.
He played for Hong Kong against Shanghai in Shanghai in 1933 and moved to the treaty port in 1936. At this time the rugby team in Shanghai was playing probably its highest standard of rugby. Rigg was a regular in the first team and his appearances culminated in a return visit to Hong Kong in 1939 to play for Shanghai against his old team.
William married Anne Felicity Ritchie in November 1939 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.Two of his 1930 playing shirts now hang proudly in the new SRFC clubhouse, donated by his sons. The eldest son, John was born in Shanghai in August 1941 on the same day as his lifelong friend Barrie Martin the son of Club Secretary J W M Martin.
In February 1943, the newly married couple with their toddler together with their friends the Martin family found themselves interned in the Yu Yuen Road internment camp where they stayed until April 1945 when they were transferred to the Yangtzepoo [Yangshupu] site before their release in 1945.
On their release and now aged four, John and Barrie recall attending the party held onboard HMS Belfast for the newly released and excited children. After their return to Scotland for rest and recuperation, Rigg continued his HSBC career in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
He retired to Edinburgh in 1960 and died while playing golf in 1978 at the beautiful Kilspindle golf course, overlooking the Firth of Forth in Aberlandy. The Golf Club is reputed to be the thirty-fifth oldest club in the world, instituted in the same year as the first Shanghai Football Club in 1867.
Bill Rigg (in black) watches on during the traditional season opener of the Captain's XV vs the Vice Captain's XV in October 1937.
Starting with the ball carrier clockwise, I F Aucott, G Bennett, W H B Rigg, A S Read and J A McGregor (lying down)
William Hyslop Brown Rigg (1907 - 1978)