Individual Report: B87788 Robert CLAYTON

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Sergeant Robert John
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Toronto ON Central Ontario 1921-10-19
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Platoon Sergeant C 14 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. If you would like to view this information please email our historian, Vince Lopata. 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
41/12/16mortar - one wounded; hand grenade both legs36

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrive Depart
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 building43 Jan 1945 May 13
JP-Se-1B YumotoFukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yumoto-cho, Mizunoya, JapanJoban Coal Mining Company10,13445 May 1345 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatsuta 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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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2015-02-06Post War
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CLAYTON: Robert John "Flash" October 19 1921-February 6, 2015. We woke this morning to know that you are gone. On Friday, February 6 at 7:00 am Bob passed peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital K Wing. He has worn many hats, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, GG Bob, Brother, Uncle, Soldier and Comrade. He wore them all so well. You are a true hero to many! Bob was born in Toronto the eldest of 8 children. Joined the army in 1939 and was captured by the Japanese December 25, 1941. Bob came home to marry the love of his life, Jessica, in September 1946 all this and his wondrous life was just beginning. Bob and Jessie have been married for 68 years. "I love my Jessie" he has been heard to say from time to time. Bob and Jessie were blessed with two daughters, Veronica (Rickie) and Janet Elaine (predeceased). They have a favourite son-in-law Dr. Bruce Edey. Bob was a devoted Grandpa to Christine, Lance and Jennifer and the proudest GG Bob to Kristin, Jake and Carter. He leaves behind sister, Shirley (John) and Brothers Harley (Helen) and Lorne, predeceased by Sister Audrey and Brothers Ron, Wilfred and Howard. He was Uncle Bob to many nieces and nephews related and gathered and all were loved. Bob was a Sargent in the Royal Rifles, Royal Canadian Regiment and was a Lifetime member of the Hong Kong Veteran's Association and a Japanese POW survivor. Bob was honored with a lifetime membership to the Royal Canadian Legion Brechin- Mara Branch 488 where he served many years as a sgt at arms for the branch. Bob was never happier than when he was carrying a baby over his shoulder or enjoying the great outdoors. He inspired many people to be more than they thought they could be. One remarkable man with so many accomplishments, the biggest of all was the respect and love he received from those whose lives he touched. What a gift he was to all those who loved him. Heaven is a happier place this morning. Jan- I'm sending Dad to you. God speed Pop. There will be several celebrations of Bob's great life in the near future. Please contact Mangan Funeral Home in Beaverton for further information The love, care, respect and devotion of the staff of K 3 East is truly worthy of any great soldier. Please honor Bob's memory by donating to Sunny brook Hospital K3 East or 416-480-4483 . Online condolences are welcomed at Love ya, Pop, Love ya, R.J.


Bob "Flash" Clayton's Story

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