Individual Report: X40 Leonard CORRIGAN

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Lieutenant Leonard Bertram
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Swift Current SK Saskatchewan 1911-11-03
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Platoon Commander (Flying Platoon) HQ Coy 4 Carrier

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

No record of hospital visits found.

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island1341 Dec 2041 Dec 22
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 45 Sep 10
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3343 Aug 1944 May 11
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3344 May 1145 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Decorations Received

Image Name of Award Abbreviation References Precedence Comments
Mentioned-in-DespatchesMiD39, 40, 12413
Citation   Notification Letter

Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1994-01-15Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Swift Current Saskatchewan CanadaMount Pleasant Burial Park CemeteryYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Picture of X40 Leonard CORRIGAN at 1977 HKVA National Convention Edmonton Submitted by dgt. Pat Turcotte January2017

X40 Leonard Bertram CORRIGAN, age 82 years of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, a retired Post Master passed away Saturday, January 15th, 1994 at the Swift Current Union Hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 18th, 1994 from Sacred Heart Catholic church with Father Raymundo Rodriguez officiating. Interment was held at Mount Pleasant Burial Park. Culham/Bowers Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. Honorary Bearers were Seymour Smith, Bob Dahl Sr., Eddo DaSilva Reg Milne and Stan Dyer. Casket Bearers were Gord Summerfeld, Peter Mather, Chris Rude, Joe Horvey, Ray Hosh, and Ed Nein Ushers were Erwin Jaeger and Cy Grisdale. Organist was Marj Miller with choir led by Pat Krueger. Leonard Bertram Corrigan was born November 3rd, 1911 in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, son of William Hubert Corrigan and Isabelle Hart.

Brother of Nina, Charles (Chuck) deceased, father of Patricia, Shelagh, Kathleen and Michelle. He was predeceased by his wife Gladys in 1979. Father-in-law of Bernard Turcotte, the late Alan Purcell, John Carlson and Tom Bergersen. Grandfather of Kevin, David and Carol Turcotte, Mark Purcell, Sandra (Purcell) Fox, Jo- Anne Purcell and Megan (Purcell)Coles, Sean Gurney and Jessica Bergersen, great grandfather of Connor Fox, and special friend of Pearl Hustoft. Len moved to Swift Current in his youth. He began working for the Post Office in his late teens and on his retirement in 1972 was recognized by Prime Minister Trudeau for his 44 years of service. Len married Gladys Voldahl in 1933 in Swift Current. He volunteered in the Second World War and joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers. The regiment was sent to Hong Kong in 1941, and shortly after their arrival, Len became a prisoner of war until 1945. He returned to Swift Current after the war where he was an active member of the community. He was well-known for his music, golfing and public service. He was a member of the Lions Club, Legion, Elks, Emergency Measures Organization, St. Johns Ambulance, School Board, a founding member on the Pioneer Lodge Board, Knights of Columbus, played saxophone in the 14th Canadian Hussars Band, the 'Seranders' dance band, and was an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club. Leonard Corrigan will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family and by the many friends whose life he touched. In his memory, those wishing to may make donations to the Lupus Association of Saskatchewan, L. E. S. S. Box 88, University Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. S7N 0W0. These memorial gifts will be greatly appreciated by the family.

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General Comments

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Picture at new Veterans' home about 1950. Submitted by dgt. Pat Turcotte 2017-01

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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.
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