Individual Report: L41354 Joseph MICHALKOW

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Joseph
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Mikado SK Saskatchewan 1919-01-04
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-Fu-5BOmineKawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, JapanFurukawa Industries OmineCoal mining843 Jan 2345 Sep 22

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

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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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
2008-06-19Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Cardston Alberta CanadaCardston CemeteryBlock 3, Lot 52, 14

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

JOSEF (JOE) MICHALKOW January 4, 1919 - June 19, 2008 Josef (Joe) Michalkow, beloved husband of Leona, passed away at home surrounded by his family on June 19, 2008 He was born in Mikado, Saskatchewan to Peter and Victoria Michalkow. He spent his childhood in Mikado until 1941 when he joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers and was sent to Hong Kong. He was captured in December 1941 and was released at the end of the war in Japan. The stories of his internment in Japan were a private memory. These are what drove him to have a colourful life. He met his beloved Leona on Valentines Day in 1947 in Mikado. After a short courtship they married in June of that year. After their marriage they lived in Makado and he worked on road construction. A year later they were blessed with their first child Cynthia. In July 1951 they welcomed their second daughter Gail. In 1957 they moved to Arran, Saskatchewan where Joe worked for National Grain Elevators. In 1959 they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he worked at Canadian Bronze until his retirement. They moved to Cardston, Alberta in August 2005 where he has enjoyed the company of friends and family. He was a proud Royal Canadian Legion member where he will be sorely missed at his regular Friday night suppers. He is predeceased by his parents Peter and Victoria; his sisters, Lena, Ann, Agnes; his brothers, Anton, John, Alec, and Orest; very special uncle Allan and auntie Anne Marchinko. He leaves to mourn his wife of 61 years Leona; their daughters, Cynthia (Don) Melanson and their children, Joe (Lisa) Melanson, daughter Ashlea, Terra, and Aleshia Melanson and Gail Michalkow and her daughter Melissa Kozier. The funeral service will be held at St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Cardston, Alberta on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Ben Merino Officiating. Friends may meet the family at the Church on Sunday, June 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Or prior to the Service. Interment in the Cardston Cemetery. E-mail your condolences to: Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd., Cardston, AB Assisting the Family. Phone 653-3222

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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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