Early 20th. century expatriates might well have travelled to the Far East for a specific job in a specific territory. However, if you lose track of them in that original location the scope of research will need to be broadened.
The story of Bertie ELLY from Somerset is a tale which takes the reader from the Mediterranean to Hong Kong and then on to Singapore and Malaya before returning to Bath. A tortured journey for the researcher but one that is not without it's rewards. There are still gaps waiting to be filled but the main structure of his years away have been established.
The tale of Bertie ELLY from Bath can be found on my Hong Kong Police Ancestors Blog: