The information contained in the various unit reports is taken from official DND Casualty Lists given to the
General Public on 26th December 1941 following the capture of Hong Kong.
Some of the information such as the individual's rank may have changed while
they were overseas.
The information on the Winnipeg Grenadiers
is taken from official DND Lists when the 1st Battalion landed in Hong Kong
on 16th November 1941. Nathan Greenberg has graciously provided the list.
Evidence indicates that there was a redistribution of the Battalion once
they settled in Hong Kong.
The Winnipeg Grenadiers had formed their reinforcements into a fifth rifle
company, 'E' Company. The company acted as the reserve company for the
Grenadiers. All the members of this company have not been identified as yet.
Research is on-going to discover the members of this company.
About the 'C' Force Web
This HKVCA site deals with the details
of 'C' Force, focused on the individual members.
Thanks to the dedication and research by our tireless
group of volunteer researchers, we have developed a resource library here. It
shares as much as we know about the members of 'C' Force, from deployment to Hong Kong in 1941,
the battle, time as POWs, until the survivors returned in 1945, and beyond.
We're working to provide more elements as we find them, including
gravestone information, photos and other details. You can help us
improve our library - just use the Contact Us link at the top of any page
to let us know what information or materials you have.
This site, like all HKVCA sites, is dedicated to the memory of our brave 'C' Force members.
The existance of this 'C' Force site is due to the work of many interested
volunteers who contributed their time, expertise, advice, memories and photos.
- Vince Lopata who created the original 'C' Force site, was the
inspiration for this project. Over the years, his efforts and research
produced the definitive reference on the lives of the members of 'C' Force. Click on the thumbnail to
read his dedication that was part of the photo galleries he created. Vince
has continued to work tirelessly on this project, and can be found
commanding the HKVCA colour party at events, and also supervising the
- Lori Atkinson-Smith, daughter of Hong Kong veteran
Harry Atkinson, has spear-headed our
Gravestone Marker project, the aim of which is to place a Hong Kong badge on
each and every Hong Kong veteran's gravestone. She has contributed her efforts and research to
this site in order to ensure that the Individual Report for each soldier is
as complete as possible.
- David Peebles is one of our programmer-developers who converted some
amateur web code into pages that actually worked.
- Mike Babin, son of Alfred
Babin, RRC - who dedicated a significant part of his visit to Hong Kong
to photograph all gravestones at Sai Wan and Stanley cemeteries, and the
memorial wall at Sai Wan as well.
- Eugene Labiuk - who has provided clippings, photos, and data on the
journey home for the repatriated 'C' Force members. Here's how he occupies
his time: "Research and Writing on Operation Magic Carpet, Manila Camp"
which deals with the repatriation of British and British Commonwealth
Liberated Prisoners of War which came home from the far east through Manila.
When this work is finished I will remove the Canadian portion and add those
who came home via Guam."
- Lillian Randall, niece of George T. McCarthy, Winnipeg Grenadiers - who has worked tirelessly in researching all members
of 'C' Force and has published a treasure-trove of photos and textual
information on our Facebook Group "Hong Kong Veterans Tribute. Much of this
information has, or will, find its way into our 'C' Force reports.
- Many, many others who have contributed stories and photos over the
years. You are too many to mention individually, but please know that your
contributions have found the light of day on this site, to the benefit of
We hope you're happy with our progress, so far. Please contact us with your
questions, concerns, suggestions, and above all, your contributions to add to our reports.
There is a lot of work yet to be done.
Webmaster and Amateur Programmer
Charles Richard Trick,
August 2015 (updated April 2023)