Individual Report: H41716 Harry HAWRYSHOK

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Harry James
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Winnipeg Beach MB Manitoba 1923-02-07
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
HQ Coy

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

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-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island3342 Jan 2242 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 26 43 Jan 19
JP-To-3DTsurumiYokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, JapanNippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi ShipyardsVariety of jobs related to ship building43 Jan 1945 Apr 16
JP-Se-4B OhashiIwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, JapanNippon Steel Company13445 Apr 1645 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanBoarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to campTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2015-11-15Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Winnipeg Beach Manitoba CanadaWinnipeg Beach Community CemeteryEngraved

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Obituary / Life Story

HARRY HAWRYSHOK (Hong Kong Veteran) It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Harry Hawryshok peacefully in his sleep, at the Deer Lodge Centre, on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the age of 92 years. Harry was born on February 7, 1923 spending his infancy and school years on the small family farm in Winnipeg Beach. At the age of 17 he joined the Canadian Army and trained for six months for the Winnipeg Rifles, transferring voluntarily to the Grenadiers three days prior to shipping out overseas to fight Japan. He and all the Grenadiers were captured and spent the next four years as prisoners of war enduring terrible hardships, starvation, deplorable living conditions and forced labour, first in the shipyards then in the salt mines. Upon liberation on VJ Day he came home to Canada. He spent some years in Montreal, working in Alberta installing and setting turbines for Westinghouse. He then came home to Winnipeg and resided with his brother Ben, sister-in-law Dorothy and their four children. He went to work for the Centra Gas Company as a gas inspector and in later years managed a department within the company, where he was well liked and respected. Harry decided to retire at the age of 61. Harry remained a bachelor all his life and with no children of his own, he treated Ben's children with great kindness and love. He was a man of many self taught talents, he built his cottage at Red Rock Lake, a place he dearly loved; many happy years were spent there. He also enjoyed spending time with his bud, nephew Ron at the family home in Winnipeg Beach. Harry loved to create things from wood, his own close top desk, a glass top coffee table, cabinets for the lake, a weaving loom to make rugs, a regular sized V shuffleboard - many tournaments were played, grandfather clock with wonderful quarter hour chimes and full hour bongs. As he got older and vision was somewhat a problem his items got smaller but very intricate, potpourri boxes with wood inlays, windmill type yard ornaments and open faced book cases. He loved every minute of the work. Harry was predeceased by his parents William and Anastasia; sisters Leona and Annie; brothers Jim, Henry, Peter and Ben; Ben's wife Dorothy, and their sons Frederik, Donald and Ronald. Survived by niece Pat (Rick) and her children Leona (Manny), Michael and Patti (Ray). Funeral service will be held Friday, November 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, MB with luncheon to follow and interment following lunch at Winnipeg Beach Community Cemetery. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. Publish Date: Nov 18, 2015 As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 18, 2015

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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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