Individual Report: C94119 Leslie CANIVET

The Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Leslie Malcolm
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Ottawa ON Eastern Ontario 1921-04-19
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Brigade Headquarters

Transportation - Home Base to Hong Kong

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.


Battle Information

We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. 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).

Wounded Information

Date Wounded Wound Description References
41/12/24Serious wound to his face and jaw, shoulder, hip and right hand, caused by a grenade45

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMHN/AN/AKnown to be in hospital on 42 Aug 1026

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 2645 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2016-05-30Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Grand Valley Ontario CanadaGrand Valley Union Cemetery

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story



LESLIE MALCOLM CANIVET April 19, 1921 - May 30, 2016

Passed away peacefully at Groves Memorial Hospital, Fergus, at the age of 95.

Predeceased by his loving wife Beatrice Mary (2001). Dear father of Ernest (Bonnie), Thomas (Karen), Jamie (Susan) and Gregory (RoxAnne).

Sadly missed by grandchildren Justin and Jeremy; Kristoffer and Heidi; Jessica; Lisa and Jeff and many great and great-great- grandchildren.

Survived by sister Joan (Earl Charlebois). Predeceased by sisters Alfreda, Betty and Irene.

Les was a WWII Hong Kong Veteran (RCOC) captured by the Japanese and held as a prisoner of war for four years. After the war, Les completed university and started a successful career in financial management. Upon early retirement, Les purchased a farm in East Garafraxa and became Grand Valley's first full- time clerk. Les was a gentleman and a family man.

Visitation will take place at Simes Funeral Home, 48 Main St. S., Grand Valley, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Trinity UnitedChurch, 17 King St., Grand Valley. Interment to follow at Grand Valley Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Crohn's and Colitis Canada would be appreciated.

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General Comments

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Read Hannah's speech to her Great-Grandfather

Private Canivet enlisted in the R. C. O. C. In may, 1941 after being employed for some time with the Laura Thomas Beauty parlor. He attended Nepean and Ottawa Technical high schools. Taken from Tuesday, August 4th, 1942 Ottawa newspaper



End of Report.

Report generated: 27 May 2024.


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Additional Notes

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  1. Service numbers for officers are locally generated for reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service numbers until 1945.
  2. 'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
  3. Some birthdates and deathdates display as follows: 1918-00-00. In general, this indicates that we know the year but not the month or day.
  4. Our POW camp links along with our References link (near the bottom of the 'C' Force home page) are designed to give you a starting point for your research. There were many camps with many name changes. The best resource for all POW camps in Japan is the Roger Mansell Center for Research site.
  5. In most cases the rank displayed was the rank held before hostilities. Some veterans were promoted at some point prior to eventual post-war release from the army back in Canada. When notified of these changes we'll update the individual's record.
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