Sunday, 31 January 2016

Mohd Yusope bin Haji Mohd Sharif 1896-1953 (5) Biography

Inche Mohamed Yusope (1896-1954)
Walid/Tok Walid/ Suami Nenek Inchek/Bik Esah

Full name: Haji Mohamed Yusope bin Haji Mohamed Sharif
Call names: Bapak called his father Walid. I refer to him as Tok Walid.
Date of birth: 11 February 1896
Place of birth: 262-T Banda Hilir (Rumah Banda Hilir), Malacca
Education: Passed Junior Cambridge, Standard 7

  1. Founding Member, Malay Company, Malacca Volunteer Rifles (1914-1921); Malacca Volunteer Corp 1921; renamed 4th Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Corp (4/SSVF). Achieved rank as Company Sergeant-Major upon retiring from Volunteer service.
  2. Assistant Inspector of Schools, Kuala Lumpur 1928
  3. Entomologist, Serdang Agricultural School, Selangor 1937-1942
  4. Wildlife (Mergastua), Malacca; sharp-shooter and hunter; winner of shooting competitions 1942-1954 (died)

Demise: circa August 1953 - 4 January 1954
Cause of death: Heart attack; hemorrhagic brain stroke (he was 58 when he died)
Place of demise: Rumah Banda Hilir, at maghrib
Place of burial: Tanah Perkuburan Islam Masjid Semabok, Malacca (in front of his parent's graves)

From Mak Bedah on 26 December 2016, at Azizah Ramli's wedding reception in Jengka:
Walid's demise
- Mak Bedah's father died when she was 10
- Mak Bedah described how her father died: Walid went to buang air besar (BO). At maghrib, he suffered pain in the neck (sakit tengkuk). He had burst a vessel due to hypertension (darah tinggi). He did not suffer from any debilitating disease when he died. My Bapak was overseas when Walid died. Pak Bakar was in Singapore. Mak Bedah sat at Walid's feet when he died.

His father: Haji Mohd Sharif bin Ismail
His mother: Fatma (Patma or Pahmah) bt Mohamad (a fair lady like a Chinese)

Sibs: 5
Haji Mohamed Yusope (Tok Walid) is the only son and the eldest of 5 sibs.
  1. Haji Mohd Yusope (Walid; eldest; born 11 February 1896; died c.1954; 58 years old)
  2. Mahani (Nenek Ani; Nek Ani; born circa 1898; died circa 1963-1968; 70 years old)
  3. Amnah (Nenek Amnah, Nek Amnah; born circa 1900; died circa 1967; 67 years old)
  4. Alijah (Nenek Jah; Nek Jah; born circa 1902; died circa 1963-1967; 70 years old )
  5. Asiah (Nenek Ya; Nek Ya; Ya Tampin; born circa 1904; died 28 April 1984; 80 years old)

(from the B/W print collections of Mohd Yusope bin Hj Mohd Sharif and his son Abdul Rashid bin Mohd Yusope)

Mohd Yusope bin Hj Mohd Sharif (1914-1921; 18-25 years old). Founding Member, Malay Company, Malacca Volunteer Rifles (1914-1921); Malacca Volunteer Corp 1921; renamed 4th Battalion, Straits Settlements Volunteer Corp (4/SSVF). Achieved rank as Company Sergeant-Major upon retiring from Volunteer service.

Assistant Inspector of Schools, Kuala Lumpur (to insert photo, if any)

The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 
8 June 1928, Page 16
Malay Girls and Empire Day.
Given the right education, what the Malay boys can do with regard to learning and drill the Malay girls are also capable of carrying out. It is reported that the girls of the Kampong Bahru Malay Girls' vernacular school, Kuala Lumpur, assembled at the school compound on May 24th. to celebrate the Empire Day. The Lady supervisor of the Malay vernacular girls' school and her assistant, Inche Mohamed Yusope, Assistant Inspector of Schools, Mr. Haji Mohamed Sidin, Malay visiting teacher, and a large number of the parents and other relations of the girls were present at the function. The proceedings commenced at 9.30 a.m. when Inche Haniffa binti Mohamed, who is said to be one of the best lady teachers in the school, made a long speech, explaining the meaning of "Empire Day" and why it is celebrated all over the British Dominions, Colonies and Protectorates. At the conclusion of the speech, the girls exhibited themselves at their best in the matter of drill and other exercises which were much appreciated by the large audience. ...

Mohd Yusope had 4 children in 1928. Nenek Inchek was carrying her 5th child (Mak Sarah) in 1928.


He married in 1920 and worked in KL and Serdang before the war 1921-1942. He lived at 1092 Jalan Imbi government quarters in Kuala Lumpur 1921-1942. His work made him travel to Cameron Highlands and various parts of KL which he photographed and documented, and later communicated to his son in England. 
Haji Mohd Yusope bin Haji Muhammad SharifEntomologist, Serdang Agricultural School, Selangor, Federated Malay States (FMS), British Malaya. 


Mohd Yusope returned to 262-T Banda Hilir in 1942 when KL was bombed and lived till he died 1942-1954. There are a few photos of him in Banda Hilir - 1 photo at home in 1948; 1 group photo at Pulau Besar in 1948.

Walid at leftmost.

Walid at rightmost.

Walid in Banda Hilir

Walid wrote to his son

Walid's handwriting

(his 4 younger sisters)
Mahani bt Hj Mohd Sharif
Silhoutte of Nenek Ani in the kitchen near the entrance door. She lived in the adjoining ground quarters of Rumah Banda Hilir, 1963. She taught Quran to kids, including my eldest brother Sharif and elder sister Sharifah (Pah).

Amnah bt Hj Mohd Sharif
Nenek Amnah. She married to HABHAL and went to live in Singapore. She died in Singapore in the late 1960s.

Alijah bt Hj Mohd Sharif
She looked like Nenek Amnah.

Asiah bt Hj Mohd Sharif
Nenek Ya (Ya Tampin). She married to Hj Ibrahim (a mamak businessman) and went to live with him in Tampin where her husband had a sundry shop (kedai runcit) named Tampin Store.

Wife: Aishah bt Mohd Amin
Her call names: Bapak called his mother Inchek. I called her Nenek Inchek.
                          Others called her Bik Esah.
Date of birth: circa May-July 1907
Place of birth: Kampong Bahru, Kuala Lumpur (she was of Javanese heritage)
Demise: 1978 (deceased at age 71)
Cause of death: Diabetic complications
Place of burial: KL

Nenek Inchek at the government quarters at 1092 Jalan Imbi in Kuala Lumpur, before KL was bombed in 1942. She then moved to Banda Hilir with her kids. Walid followed later. They all lived in Banda Hilir throughout the war.
Nenek Inchek (at right) and her elder sister-in-law Nenek Ani (silhoutte near the kitchen door) at rumah Banda Hilir. They were probably preparing for a wedding. 1953-1963.
Probably her photo for her Malaysian passport to go to Sabah in 1967.
She wore celak as eyeliner after her Hajj in 1963.
Nenek Inchek was already a Hajjah in 1963, before I went to school in 1965. This photo was taken in 1965-1967. She wore a white muslin cloth as serban. She showed me how to wear her serban. She came to live with our family at 56 Jalan Day in Alor Setar, Kedah. 1964-1967. Then she followed and lived with us at Gaya College, Jesselton, Sabah 1967-1969.

Date of marriage: circa February-May 1920
Walid was 24 years old when he married Aishah bt Mohd Amin (Nenek Inchek) in February/March/April/May 1920. She was 12+ going on 13 years old when she married to Mohd Yusope bin Hj Mohd Sharif (Bapak's Walid).

Children: 15 (2 died); 13 survived to adulthood.

Mohamed Yusope bin Mohamed Sharif was born on 11 February 1896 at 262-T Banda Hilir, Malacca (Rumah Banda Hilir). His mother was called Padma. Her name was written as Pahma on his birth certificate. Her real fullname is Fatmah bt Mohamad. His father was Haji Mohd Sharif bin Ismail. His father returned from the Hajj in 1896. His father died suddenly circa 1906, and and he was looked after by his uncle Zainal (Zenal) bin Ismail in Klang. He married Aishah bt Mohd Amin of Kampong Bahru in early 1920. She was a 12/13-year old orphan girl. She was referred to Nenek Inchek or Bik Esah. Inchek Mohamed Yusope was an entomologist and worked with Tok Rashid at the College of Agriculture in Serdang, Selangor . He was then an Assistant Inspector of Schools in British Malaya. He was present at the Kampong Bahru Malay Girls' School on Empire Day on 24 May 1928. He was 32 years old in 1928. He lived at 1092 Jalan Imbi in KL in November 1931 when my father (Bapak) was born in November 1931. He returned to Banda Hilir, Malacca when the Japanese war broke out in Malaya and KL was bombed in 1942. The family then lived at 262-T Banda Hilir till the demise of Mohd Yusope. Nenek Inchek followed to live with her son (my father; Bapak) and we moved out of Banda Hilir in 1963. We went to live in Alor Star, Kedah.

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