Individual Report: E30684 Charles FITZPATRICK

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Charles Joseph
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Quebec QC Eastern Quebec 1924-03-22
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
C 14 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

Date Wounded Wound Description References
41/12/21leg wound36, 63

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 2644 Jul 14
JP-Fu-5BOmineKawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, JapanFurukawa Industries OmineCoal mining3, 843 Jan 2344 Jul 14

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

Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1944-07-14Crushed by a large rock while working; fracture of cranium, brain compression, skull internal hemorrhageDied while POW
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Jido-Yuenchi-Dori Hodogaya JapanYokohama War CemeteryCdn. Sec. A. E. 14.NA

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

His full name is Charles Joseph Bigaouette-Fitzpatrick. Son of Walter Patrick Bigaouette-Fitzpatrick and Yvonne Pépin dit Lachance of Québec, Québec. Brother of Corporal John Joseph Fitzpatrick, regimental number E-21822, who died in the service of the Royal Rifles of Canada in Hong Kong on December 22nd, 1941. Served in Québec, Newfoundland with W Force, Hong Kong with C Force, Japan as a prisoner of war. He had 1,408 days of service, including 991 overseas.

Citation(s): 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

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General Comments

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E30684 Charles FITZPATRICK brother to E21822 John FITZPATRICK

After long years of pressing anxiety and as an epilogue to the death of one son at Hong Kong in 1941, stark tragedy reinvaded the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Fitzpatrick, 54 Ste. Julia Street, when unofficial news arrived disclosing that her second son, Rfm. Charles Fitzpatrick, had died sometime "during the summer" in a Japanese prison camp shortly before V-J Day.

The news arrived via a letter, written by Rfm. William Tuppert to his mother, Mrs. H. Tuppert, 15 Burton, which simply stated that Rfm. Fitzpatrick died "during the summer from pneumonia."

The late Rfm. Fitzpatrick left St. Patrick's High School in 1940 and enlisted with the Royal Rifles on his sixteenth birthday, March 22nd, of that year.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick, whose son, Cpl. J.J. Fitzpatrick was killed in action at Hong Kong in 1941, said she had expected at least one son to return but, in spite of having as yet received no official confirmation, her long-held high hopes have now tumbled.

Rfm. Fitzpatrick's family is very well known in Quebec, where his father is an inspector of the Federal Customs and Excise Departmert. He was a nephew of the late Sir Charles Fitzpatrick, ex-Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and former Chief Justice of Canada.

In addition to their parents, the Fitzpatrick boys are survived by two other brothers, George and Stephen; five sisters, the Misses Patricia, Charlotte, Antoinette, Muriel and Emilie; one uncle, Albert Lachance, of Montreal; two aunts: Lady Fitzpatrick and Miss Emily Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Emile Ampleman, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lachance, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lachance, of Jonguiere; and Mr. and Mrs. Georges Belair, of Quebec.

Quebec Chronicle - Telegraph

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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