|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Bougainville QC||Eastern Quebec||1921-12-21|
|HQ Coy||4 Carrier|
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).
|Date Wounded||Wound Description||References|
|41/12/23||a piece of shrapnel in my foot and some little bit in my back||36|
|Name of hospital||Date of admission||Date of discharge||Comments||Reference|
|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|
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.
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Napane Ontario Canada||Riverside Cemetery|
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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 www.maccoubrey.com
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