|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Hamilton ON||Central Ontario||1919-05-19|
Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by CNR troop train, picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver, arriving in Vancouver on Oct 27 at 0800 hrs.
The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the local soldiers that were with Brigade Headquarters from Winnipeg to BC travelled on a CPR train to Vancouver.
All members embarked from Vancouver on the ships AWATEA and PRINCE ROBERT. AWATEA was a New Zealand Liner and the PRINCE ROBERT was a converted cruiser. "C" Company of the Rifles was assigned to the PRINCE ROBERT, everyone else boarded the AWATEA. The ships sailed from Vancouver on Oct 27th and arrived in Hong Kong on November 16th, having made brief stops enroute at Honolulu and Manila.
Equipment earmarked for 'C' Force use was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced.
On arrival, all troops were quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.
We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. If you would like to view this information please email our historian, Vince Lopata. For a detailed description of the battle from a Canadian perspective, visit Canadian Participation in the Defense of Hong Kong (published by the Historical Section, Canadian Military Headquarters).
|Camp ID||Camp Name||Location||Company||Type of Work||Reference||Arrive||Depart|
|HK-SM-01||Stanley||Fort Stanley, Hong Kong Island||20, 31, 33||Capture||41 Dec 30|
|HK-NP-01||North Point||North Point, Hong Kong Island||41 Dec 30||42 Sep 26|
|HK-SA-02||Shamshuipo||Kowloon, Hong Kong||42 Sep 26||43 Jan 19|
|JP-Fu-5B||Omine||Kawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, Japan||Furukawa Industries Omine||Coal mining||8||43 Jan 23||45 Sep 22|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD3B||Tatsuta Maru||43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs||43 Jan 22, 0400 hrs||Nagasaki, Japan||Tony Banham|
Excerpt from Vince Calder's account on the HKVCA web site.
On the 14th of September, we left for Manila and because you had to sign through as either a British subject or an American when you left and my buddies were all Americans, I signed through as an American merchant marine. We travelled aboard a B24 and it was a thrilling ride, especially when the bomb bay slid open and all there was below was water, water and more water. We landed in Manila 5 hours later and were sent to repatriation camp #29 where we were again given clothing and full army equipment.
I got impatient and went over to the Canadian camp and after a medical check-up, I was drafted for home. I left on the 28th aboard the naval ship 'Admiral Hawse'. We settled down to enjoy the trip as much as possible. Below decks, it was hotter than hell and we slept on deck most of the time. We got up at 3:00 am for breakfast and they served 2800 men which took 5 hours to do. The trip was uneventful and seemed slow to us as we were very eager to get home. We steamed into San Francisco on the 15th of October and received a very nice welcome. They didn't seem to care if we were Canadian or American and one old lady said 'tell your mother I welcomed you home for her'. We went to Ft. McDowell and saw Admiral 'Bull' Halsey's fleet coming in. It certainly meant a lot to us to see those high powered giants of the sea coming in after the part they played in the South Pacific. We were given good feather beds to sleep in at Fort McDowell and received the best possible treatment from them. We all sent telegrams home via the Red Cross. Believe it or not, I actually met Jimmy Smith and Jack Burns just hauling in on the 16th, so having beat them home, I got the last laugh after all We left Frisco on the evening of the 16th and arrived in Portland, Oregon the next night. We had a 5 hour stopover and everyone wanted to see the city so we were told that if we did, to come on to Victoria or else Seattle and of course I missed the train. However, we managed to arrive in Victoria without any real problems, and then went on to our homes.
Taken in 1950 at a cabin in the Lake of the Woods area. Submitted by nephew Bill Calder January 2017
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Simcoe ON Canada||Oakwood||Sect 67, Grave 16|
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In memory of Vincent A. Calder, Son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John A. Calder,who passed away at Norfolk General Hospital,Simcoe, Ontario, on Sunday, December 15th,1974, in his 56th year. FUNERAL- Mr. Calder rested at the Marvyn M. Veale Funeral Home, Norfolk St., S., Simcoe,where service was conducted on Tuesday,December 17th, at 2:00 p.m.OFFICIATING CLERGY Rev. L. W. Loader Bloomsburg, Ontario CREMATION Hamilton, Ontario
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