Individual Report: E30538 Bruce CADORET

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Bruce Courtney
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Bougainville QC Eastern Quebec 1921-12-21
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
HQ Coy 4 Carrier

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
41/12/23a piece of shrapnel in my foot and some little bit in my back36

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SM-01StanleyFort Stanley, Hong Kong Island20, 31, 33Capture 41 Dec 30
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island41 Dec 3042 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 2643 Jan 19
JP-Fu-5BOmineKawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, JapanFurukawa Industries OmineCoal mining843 Jan 2345 Sep 22

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3BTatuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

From a 1997 interview:

We were just there [Nagasaki] a few hours when we went aboard a ship, British aircraft carrier, “Speaker.”  They took us to Okinawa.  There we transferred to an American troopship, “Renville”.(?)   They took us to the Philippines and we stayed in the Philippines for about a week in Manila.  The Americans had all the streets laid out like Quebec City.  Like Grande Alley and all these names laid out and streets for us.  They really were good.  They gave us 100 dollars and American uniforms, cigarette, beer - whatever you wanted.  We had nice tents.

From there we got on another British aircraft carrier, “ The Glory”.  They were supposed to bring us back to Vancouver.  After we got on the ship, the old captain decided we were going to work every day.  He'd get up on a box on the flight deck each morning and name out all the sections and what your duty was for the day.  That didn't go over good.  When we got to Hawaii, it was supposed to be twenty-four hours, but it was forty-eight before he got everybody back aboard the ship.  They didn't want to come back.  From then on we didn't work anymore till Vancouver.  Spent a week in Vancouver and then on to Gaspe.

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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
2015-10-20Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Napane Ontario CanadaRiverside CemeteryYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

CADORET, Bruce - Peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Bruce Courtney Cadoret of Cobourg at age 93. Beloved husband of the late Rena Cadoret (Doody). Dear father of Anne (Greg Walsh) and Richard Cadoret of Port Hope and the late Bruce Blair. Brother of Malcolm (Lillian) of Whitby and Connie Carra of B.C. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E., Cobourg on Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery in Napanee on Monday. Memorial donations made to the Alzheimer Society or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences at

E30538 Bruce Cadoret and E30678 Irvin Doody were son-in-law and father-in-law. They were from the same small town. So my Dad must have known who he was But my Dad had never met my mom. They were introduced after they returned from POW camp by her Dad. Provided by daughter Anne Cadoret May 2021

Links and Other Resources

Interview with Bruce Cadoret, July 21, 1997

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General Comments

Memories of Bruce Cadoret by Anne and Richard Cadoret December 2016

Our Dad, Bruce Cadoret, did not speak of his nearly 4 years of torture in a Japanese prison camp. Though haunted by nightmares he preferred to spare us the heinous details of what he endured. We feel it is his optimistic outlook and sense of humour which kept him alive against all odds.

As children, he told us the light side of imprisonment. Asking guards for permission to use the outhouse, “benjo” in Japanese had soldiers in agony as they searched their memory banks for the right musical instrument and yelled “bango” for relief. He had no grudge against the Japanese. He liked to tell a story about a guard taking some of the prisoners to his own home for dinner after the war was over and explained that the guard “was just doing his job”.

Government posts were offered to many soldiers after they returned to Canada. In the small town of Bougainville, Quebec the only government position was “postmaster” and though he was offered this he just couldn’t take his neighbour’s job. Instead he went to Toronto (without his new bride and son) to look for “work”. He did odd jobs for room and board and money to send “down home”. He finally moved the family to Toronto after he got steady (shift) work in maintenance for a seniors’ home where he stayed until he was 60.

Our Mom and Dad travelled extensively during their golden years and were known for their generous hospitality. Their door was always open to family and friends and there was a party almost every weekend. That was yet another facet of dad’s joie de vivre: every birthday was a full-blown celebration of gifts and food and wine. Christmas was always a truly beautiful holiday with guests, jubilation and piles of wrapped gifts that dwarfed our 8 ft. tree. Mothers’ day, Father’s Day…Even Easter was a time for great celebration and presents.

Every day Dad thanked the “Bon Dieu” and his cheerful “attitude of gratitude” touched everybody (and animal) he met. His motto was from an old poem called Solitude:

Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Cry, and you cry alone.

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.
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  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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