Individual Report: H6461 Arthur SCHWARTZ

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Arthur
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Altona MB Manitoba 1918-11-15
Appointment: Company: Platoon:

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.

Hospital Information

No record of hospital visits found.

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-Se-2B YoshimaFukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yoshima-mura, Kamyoshima, JapanFurukawa Mining CompanyCoal mining13444 May 3045 Sep 09

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD6Naura Maru44 Apr 2944 May 27Moji, JapanStopped over in Formosa, went through Nagasaki and Hiroshima to POW campTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Received from Pat Schwartz in April 2019:

Arthur and his fellow POWs were initially welcomed aboard the USS Iowa for basic medical assessments prior to being shipped home. They were then put on another ship headed to San Francisco and then flown to Vancouver, BC. 

Post-war Photo

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Arthur in Edmonton 1947

Other Military Service

No related information found. Please submit documents to us using the contact link at the top of this page.

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
Cochrane Alberta CanadaCochrane CemeteryYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Arthur (Art) Schwartz passed away quietly on November 15, 2015 after a short stay at the Kimberley Special Care Home in Kimberley, British Columbia on his 97th birthday. Art was born on November 15, 1918 in Altona, Manitoba to Heinrich and Anna Schwartz and had four sisters. He graduated in 1938 from the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Altona and enlisted on September 19, 1939 in the Winnipeg Grenadiers, B Company.  He married Annie Gibson on May 26, 1940.  After basic training in Jamaica and Bermuda he was shipped to Hong Kong in the summer of 1941 and fought in the Battle of Hong Kong which began on December 8, 1941.  He was captured on December 25, 1941 and was a POW of the Empire of Japan until VJ day in 1945.  Art graduated in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1950 and started his career working at Britannia Mines in British Columbia, followed by short tenures at Dickinson Mines in Balmertown, Ontario and Hard Rock Mines in Geraldton, Ontario.  Following this was a long career with Noranda Mines in Manitouwadge, Ontario and Timmins, Ontario.  He retired with Annie to Caroline, Alberta in 1982 and later moved to Cochrane, Alberta in 1994.  Annie preceded Art in death in 2005.  In 2012 Art was the proud recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his World War II service.  Art is survived by an older sister, Anne Bogue of Ottawa, Ontario, three children (Gerald and wife Judy of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Bernie and wife Carol of The Woodlands, Texas; and Pat and husband Greg Connery of Canal Flats, British Columbia) as well as 5 grand-children and 14 great grand-children.  Art was buried in Cochrane, Alberta on November 20 next to his beloved Annie following a small family memorial at the gravesite.  He will be remembered as a reserved and quiet parent and grand-parent who was very generous in his unique way. 

Links and Other Resources

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General Comments

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Arthur in Jamaica prior to Hong Kong

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Report generated: 27 May 2024.

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Additional Notes

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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.
  5. In most cases the rank displayed was the rank held before hostilities. Some veterans were promoted at some point prior to eventual post-war release from the army back in Canada. When notified of these changes we'll update the individual's record.
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