Individual Report: B68226 Frederick COOPER

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Frederick Arthur
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Sutton West ON Central Ontario 1919-10-02
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
C 15 Plt

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-SM-01StanleyFort Stanley, Hong Kong Island20, 31, 33Capture 41 Dec 30
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island41 Dec 3042 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 2643 Jan 19
JP-To-3DTsurumiYokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, JapanNippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi ShipyardsVariety of jobs related to ship building943 Jan 1945 May 13
JP-Se-1B YumotoFukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yumoto-cho, Mizunoya, JapanJoban Coal Mining Company13445 May 1345 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanBoarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to campTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Liberated Men Coming Home

These happy liberated prisoners of war who recently flew across the Pacific to San Francisco, reached Vancouver en route home. Here they pose for the photographer beside the railway coach that bore them from the California city. All members of the famed Royal Rifles of Canada, they are shown here in the front row (from left to right): Rfn. G. H. McKee, Chapleau, Ontario; Rfn. J. E. Glenn, Trenton, Ontario; Rfn. C. A. Wurm, Arnprior, Ontario; Rfn. M. T. Murray, Oshawa, Ontario. Back row: Sgt. E. E. Dissing, London, Ontario; Rfn. J. A. Gauthier, Flint, Michigan, USA; Rfn. D. E. Southworth, Campbellford, Ontario; Rfn. K. R. Inche, Oshawa, Ontario; Rfn. Frederick A. Cooper, Sutton West, Ontario.

From Fred Cooper : Yokohama, Japan - boarded battleship Wisconsin September 10th, 1945. Traveled to Guam Island, September 12th 1945. Stopped at Johnston Island, flew to Hawaii then to Oakland. Departed Oakland by boat, traveled to San Francisco. Traveled by train from San Francisco to Vancouver, BC October 3rd, 1945. Left Vancouver, by train and arrived at Union station in Toronto, Ontario October 8th, 1945.

Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

No related information found. Please submit documents to us using the contact link at the top of this page.

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2019-01-04Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Keswick Ontario CanadaKeswick CemeteryYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Peacefully at his home in Keswick, on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the age of 99 years. Frederick, beloved husband of the late Delilah. Dear father of Bill and his wife Suzanne, Gord and his wife Carol, Lois and her husband John Leppan, Ron, Darlene and her husband Phil Comartin, and Dianne and her husband Eric Day. Loving grandfather of ten and great grandfather of ten. Fondly remembered by his extended family and many friends. Resting at the Forrest & Taylor Funeral Home, Sutton on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 11:00 – 12:00 with a Funeral Service in the chapel at 12:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association at would be appreciated by the family. Memorial condolences may be made at

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General Comments

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Fred Cooper was on the Awatea

July 1, 1941 joined Royal regiment of Canada, at Exhibition Grounds, Toronto, Ontario. Transferred to Royal Riffles in October 1941

Battle Information- Dec. 26th, 1941 We had been held up in a Pill Box at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The Lieutenant of Hong Kong regiment and 2 Japanese Guards had been looking for us, (there were four of us, Alan Harper, & Ken Campbell, myself and 1 other soldier) The Lieutenant asked us to put our guns down, as they were now prisoners of the Japanese.

Submitted by Fred & his daughter Dianne Day January 2017

End of Report.

Report generated: 27 May 2024.

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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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