Individual Report: E21822 John FITZPATRICK

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Corporal John Joseph
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Quebec QC Eastern Quebec 1923-01-06
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Section Commander D 18 Plt

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

No wounds recorded.

Decorations Received

Image Name of Award Abbreviation References Precedence Comments
Mentioned-in-DespatchesMiD37, 38, 12313Citation not found

Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1941-12-22Killed by a shellKilled In Action
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Cape Collinson Road Chai Wan Hong Kong ChinaSai Wan MemorialColumn 23.NA

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

The SAI WAN MEMORIAL honours over 2000 men of the land forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who died in the defence of Hong Kong during the Second World War. The SAI WAN MEMORIAL is in the form of a shelter building 24 metres long and 5.5 metres wide. It stands at the entrance to Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery, outside Victoria, the capital of Hong Kong. From the semi-circular forecourt, two wide openings lead to the interior of the building. The names are inscribed on panels of Portland stone. The dedicatory inscription reads:

1939 - 1945 The officers and men whose memory is honoured here died in the defence of Hong Kong in December 1941 and in the ensuing years of captivity and have no known grave.

The northern side of the Memorial is open and four granite piers support the copper roof. From a commanding position 305 metres above sea level, it looks out over the War Cemetery where some 1,500 men lie buried, and across the water to Mainland China - a magnificent view of sea and mountains.

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General Comments

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E21822 John FITZPATRICK brother to E30684 Charles FITZPATRICK

TRIBUTE TO JOE FITZPATRICK

By Desmond Lonergan (Reproduced from the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph)

You all remember Joe, with his rounded, boyish features and his innocent, dreamy eyes. Like all boy he loved sports yet unlike many of them, he excelled in most, especially rugby and boxing. Like Tom Playfair, he liked his candy, and this was only one of the many ways in which Joe peculiarly and strangely resembled Tom; fudge was an important item in Mother's parcels to Hong Kong. What memories and thoughts accompanied those packages and how Mother longed for the days when Joe would be back, clamoring for peanut-butter, doughnuts, and holding his fork the way he shouldn't. He wasn't beyond "pinching" the odd pumpkin on Berthelot Market, for Joe loved his pumpkin pie, but he also had a proper regard for spiritual values as his own choice of pictures on the walls of his room testifies to; there you'll see Our Lady, Saint Patrick, and "The Last Supper."

So you see, Joe was just another healthy, lovable little lad, in his likes and wants and ways. Joe was one of our boys - one of ourselves; Joe was you and I, and never forget it, - Joe was on our side naturally, when he was killed. I would like to emphasize that point, so that when you think of this "Cross War" you'll remember that you're fighting, on Joe's side - for Joe, for you.

Joe had great plans on what he would do when he grew up. Foremost in his thoughts was a countryhome and a dress for his Mother: the dress had as much value in Joe's eyes as the house, for it was the "dress" that all little boys desire for their Mother.



End of Report.

Report generated: 27 May 2024.


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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.
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