Mow-Lam Cheung, originally from Hong Kong, worked as a Royal Navy laundryman from 1960, when Hong Kong laundryman had contracts to serve the fleet based there. He worked on nine Royal Navy vessels before moving to New Zealand in 1984. He served as a civilian laundryman on board HMNZS SOUTHLAND (1984 to 1989) and HMNZ Ships CANTERBURY, WAIKATO and WELLINGTON from 1989 to 1997. He died on 24 April, aged 90, at North Shore Hospital with his son, Patrick Cheung, at his side – a concession from the hospital during COVID-19 lockdown. He was buried at Auckland Memorial Park, Silverdale.