|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Stratford ON||Western Ontario||1922-08-05|
|Platoon Sergeant||D||18 Plt|
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.
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).
|Date Wounded||Wound Description||References|
|Camp ID||Camp Name||Location||Company||Type of Work||Reference||Arrive||Depart|
|HK-SM-01||Stanley||Fort Stanley, Hong Kong Island||20, 31, 33||Capture||41 Dec 30|
|HK-NP-01||North Point||North Point, Hong Kong Island||41 Dec 30||42 Sep 26|
|HK-SA-02||Shamshuipo||Kowloon, Hong Kong||42 Sep 26||43 Jan 19|
|JP-To-3D||Tsurumi||Yokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, Japan||Nippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi Shipyards||Variety of jobs related to ship building||9||43 Jan 19||45 Apr 16|
|JP-Se-4B||Ohashi||Iwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, Japan||Nippon Steel Company||134||45 Apr 16||45 Sep 15|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD3A||Tatsuta Maru||43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs||43 Jan 22, 0400 hrs||Nagasaki, Japan||Boarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to camp||Tony Banham|
Extracted from George Macdonell's book One Soldier's Story".
On the 17th of Sept, boarded the USNS HYDE. Sailed to Guam, quartered at the hospital. After convalescence boarded the USNS CATRON and sailed for San Francisco. Then to Seattle, Victoria, arriving in Toronto a week before Christmas. (Much more detail in the book)
|Image||Name of Award||Abbreviation||References||Precedence||Comments|
|Mentioned-in-Despatches||MiD||37, 38, 123||13||Citation not found|
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
No information found.
George MacDonell, Toronto, Ontario - Mr. MacDonell is a Second World War Veteran who was a prisoner of war following the Battle of Hong Kong. Following the war and after a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors, Mr. MacDonell turned his attention to writing his memoirs. In 2000, he published This Soldiers Story and in 2002, a greatly expanded version renamed One Soldiers Story. Mr. MacDonell has distributed his books to schools, groups and the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association, where they may be purchased on the associations Web site. Whenever requested, Mr. MacDonell makes himself available to deliver presentations to schools and groups. During the Year of the Veteran in 2005, Mr. MacDonell participated in a pilgrimage to Hong Kong. He and five of his comrades watched as youth buried a Remembrance Capsule at Sai Wan Cemetery, where 283 Canadians are laid to rest. Mr. MacDonell wrote the foreword to a booklet, Passing the Torch, our Youth Remembers Hong Kong, which captures the activities and memories of the trip. He also authored his own recollections, The Last Goodbye.
See the HKVCA Suggested Reading page for information on George's books:
This veteran was interviewed by Veterans Affairs. To view, visit the VAC Video Gallery page and use the search tool. Note: VAC moves pages around constantly, so you may have to work to find the video. Currently the best way to access the Hong Kong veteran interviews is to select the "Heroes Remember" category, then use the advanced search option and click on the "Hong Kong" campaign option.
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