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Recent Additions

(additions will be listed below for about a month, newest at the top, then moved to the appropriate category elsewhere on the page).

Speech by Prof Farquharson, Burma vet, at Remembrance Ceremony in Ottawa, August 2015. Visit this page at Richard Lawrence Photography to hear the audio.

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Please note: this page is checked from time to time for broken external links. If a link is broken it will be deleted along with accompanying information.


Several members or members' families have submitted articles, poems and other documents which are available below. Entries are listed in order received with the latest one last in the list.

Canada's part in the Defence of Hong Kong

Prisoner of War by Liana Frenette

Faded Glory by Claire Hachey

Harry Atkinson, in Memoriam

Pte Ronald Beacroft by Gary Beacroft

The Veterans of Hong Kong - Parliament Statement

Christmas, 1941 by Ron Parker

Canada’s Recipients of the Victoria Cross by Ron McGuire

Oriental Odyssey (Poems) by Sid Varcoe H6725 (Files are images, so are slow to load)

Hong Kong Vet Bob Clayton Remembers Four Years of Hell - interview by Mary Ann Goheen (moved to historical accounts in Jan '11)

Memorial Services in Hong Kong Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of "C" Force - Murray Doull

Speech by David Frenette, Great Grandson of John Edward James, H 6912, Winnipeg Grenadiers

Statement about Canada's Hong Kong veterans and the Memorial Wall by The Honourable Vivian Poy to the Senate - 8 Dec '09 (PDF)

Winnipeg Grenadiers Honoured in Names Throughout the Whiteshell Portable Document Format by Vince Lopata. (See also our 'C' Force site for more.)

Lt Col George Trist - Winnipeg Grenadiers. Submitted by Roy Simmons, nephew.

Anna May Waters "In May 1940, May Waters was appointed to the nursing service, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corp. (RCAMC) and in October 1941, she left Canada with another nursing sister, Kay Christie and “C” Force Battalion to serve in Hong Kong..."

Thomas Carcary - Winnipeg Grenadiers. Submitted by Donald Alexander Carcary, first cousin.

"Thank God It's Over - interview with Claude Corbett in Mapleridge/Pittmeadows Times

Hong Kong Reunion - Colin Standish. Colin retraces the steps of his grandfather, Colin Alden Standish, RRC.

Marilyn Wright, daughter of Capt. Blaver, RRC - Commemorative Brick

Communique - The Hong Kong Veterans Memorial Wall - Linda Stewart, Nov '09

 Shortwave recordings of Pte Downie, WG and images.

Nov 2011 - I Remember by Austen Cambon

8 December 2011: Japan Apologizes For Treatment of Hong Kong POWs.

Army Cadet History: Page of photos showing the Hong Kong Veterans in Hong Kong when Prime Minister Chretian was on a visit to Southeast Asia. Also shows the Winnipeg Grenadier Cadet Corps at Sai Wan Cemetery for the wreath laying ceremony.

The Story of Hal Shepherd and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) suffered at Hong Kong and his years as a POW. Written by Winston Smith. (PDF)

The Canadian War Crimes Liaison Detachment – Far East and the Prosecution of
Japanese “Minor” War Crimes
by Mark Sweeney (PDF) A thesis presented to the University of Waterloo in fulfilment of the thesis requirement for the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy in History.

Article (PDF) written by Arthur Thurston narrated by George Churchill, of his memories from Hong Kong. (Submitted by George Churchill's son, Harv, in Jan 2015.)

Plaque was mounted by the Royal Rifles of Canada in 1991 in memory of its members who defended Hong Kong from the Japanese army during the siege of that territory in the Fall of 1941.

Audio/Video Interviews

Heroes and Heartbreak - Ray Zinck, Interviews of Six Veterans in Hong Kong - Dec 06  (Audio)

Interview with Phil Doddridge and Derrill Henderson - Maritime Morning - Radio Station News 95.7 Halifax

The Manitoba Museum - In 1971, the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (as it was then known) in Winnipeg interviewed over 150 members of the Winnipeg Grenadiers who survived Hong Kong. 90 of the interviews have been converted to MP3 digital format and have been made available to HKVCA for educational purposes and for use on our web site. Each interview is typically between 10 and 50 MB in size. If you wish to know more, please contact the HKVCA Web Admin. Our thanks to the Manitoba Museum for making these interviews available. Interviews currently available on our site. List of interviewees

Peter Silverman, a Toronto TV and radio personality, recorded a video with John Stroud, Jim MacMillan and George MacDonell in 2007

Veterans Affairs Interviews - Veterans Affairs Canada - visit the Heroes Remember web site to view videos of approximately 35 Hong Kong veterans. Eventually the site will have about 115 interviews.

"I am Remembered... Canada's Hong Kong Veterans" - War Amps Video

Site Links

Media Links

The following are perishable links and may not work due to target page deletion.

Newspapers and Magazines



HMS Thracian and Maj Parker - submitted by John Eckersley in Mar '09

Video of Japanese Surrender. (YouTube) This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of Japan to McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.  Actual voice of the General. 

Burke Penny's Blog - An occasional blog about the book, Beyond the Call, and the men of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in Hong Kong and Japan, 1941-45

If you would like to make a submission, please contact us.