Individual Report: H6891 George NOBISS

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private George Arthur
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Stonewall MB Manitoba 1924-07-08
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
B

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
41/12/21N/A

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-UNKN/AN/ATransferred to BMH118
HK-BMH12/21/194112/22/1941118

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 Aug 15
JP-To-5B Niigata-RinkoNiigata-ken, Nakakambara-gun, Ogata-mura, JapanMarutsu, Rinko Coal, ShintetsuStevedore labor at port of Niigata (Marutsu), primarily foodstuffs; mining coal (Rinko Coal ) and labor at a foundry (Shintetsu)4, 5, 3443 Sep 0245 Sep 05

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD4BManryu Maru43 Aug 1543 Sep 01Osaka, JapanBrief stopover in Taihoku (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); then 2 day stopover at northern point for stool testsTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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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
2016-11-13Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Winnipeg Manitoba CanadaBrookside CemeteryMLTY-10000Engraved

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

H6891 George NOBISS- July 8, 1924 - November 13, 2016 It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that the family announces the peaceful passing of George Nobiss, with family by his side, at Seven Oaks Hospital on Sunday, November 13, 2016. George was born July 8, 1924 in Stonewall, Manitoba. At the age of 16 he joined the army with the Winnipeg Grenadiers and fought in the Second World War in the Battle of Hong Kong. He was wounded in battle, captured, becoming a prisoner of war for almost four years in the Japanese prison camps where conditions and treatment were unbelievable. George was very proud to have fought for his country as a Winnipeg Grenadier. After the war he married Stella, the love of his life, and together they raised four children providing a stable and loving home. He worked for Hagberg Coal Company as a truck driver, then foreman, where he worked for 30 years until the company closed. George was predeceased by his wife Stella in 2013, having been married for 66 years; son Lawrence in 1993; and grandson Greg Tees in 2002. He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory daughters Margaret Tees (Dave); Barbara McCulloch (Dan); son Jeff; granddaughter Brenda Tees (Phil Torchia), and great-grandchildren Cody and Riley. In lieu of flowers, if you so desire, a donation may be made to War Amps Canada, 2827 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON K1V 0C4. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com

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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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