Individual Report: E29873 Llewellyn DOULL

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Corporal Llewellyn Thomas Sydney
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Drummondville QC Eastern Quebec 1919-11-25
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Storesman D Coy HQ

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-5B Niigata-RinkoNiigata-ken, Nakakambara-gun, Ogata-mura, JapanMarutsu, Rinko Coal, ShintetsuStevedore labor at port of Niigata (Marutsu), primarily foodstuffs; mining coal (Rinko Coal ) and labor at a foundry (Shintetsu)43 Sep 0344 Jan 18
JP-To-15BNiigata-TekkoNiigata-ken, Niigata City, Yamanoshita, Akiba-dori, JapanNiigata Ironworks Company44 Jan 1845 Sep 05

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD4BManryu Maru43 Aug 1543 Sep 01Osaka, JapanBrief stopover in Taihoku (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); then 2 day stopover at northern point for stool testsTony 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
2013-04-10Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Orford Quebec CanadaCherry River CemeteryYes

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Obituary / Life Story

November 25, 1919 - April 10, 2013 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Llewellyn (Bill) Thomas Sidney Doull. He passed away peacefully at 93 years of age on April 10, 2013 at home with his wife of 67 years, Claire, and family present. Bill was born on November 25, 1919 in Moncton, New Brunswick to Lewellyn Edward and Mary Ethel Doull. His family moved to Drummondville, Quebec at an early age where he grew up with his 4 sisters and 2 brothers. As a child he inherited the name Bill which stuck with him for the rest of his life. Bill started working at Canadian Celanese Ltd. when he was 16. At the outbreak of WWII, he and his older brother Lloyd enlisted with the Royal Rifles of Canada. As what became known as "C" Force, the Royal Rifles and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were sent to reinforce the British enclave in Hong Kong on October 25, 1941. Vastly outnumbered, the Allied Forces fought valiantly for 17 1/2 days during the Battle of Hong Kong and Bill was taken prisoner by the Japanese on Christmas Day, 1941. He spent the next 44 months as a Prisoner of War in Hong Kong and Japan where slave labour, starvation, disease and mistreatment were the norm. The members of "C" Force were the first Canadians in battle in WWII and the survivors of the battle and the POW camps were the last ones to come home. After the war, Bill returned to Drummondville where he convalesced and continued to work at the Celanese. Then he met the love of his life, Claire Bullard. They were married on April 6, 1946 and celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary 4 days before Bill's passing. Bill and Claire started their own family and raised 3 children, Sandra, Norman and Murray. Bill was a proficient handyman, a hard worker and could fix almost anything in need of repair. Bill retired in 1976 after 41 years of service at the Celanese. He and Claire then moved to their cottage on the shores of Lovering Lake in Quebec. Bill loved to boat and fish on the lake in the summer. During the winter months he built a hut on the lake where he spent many hours ice fishing. He loved all the animals and fed the birds and chipmunks. He took great pleasure feeding the squirrels from his hands. In 1997 Bill and Claire sold their cottage and moved to Sardis, BC where he lived until his passing. During their retirement, Bill and Claire travelled extensively throughout Canada and the US in their camperized Volkswagen van. Bill continued to attend reunions with his HK comrades. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 67 years. In June, 2012, Bill was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to his country and community. Sandra accompanied her father to numerous medical appointments with doctors and specialists and to hospitals for tests prior to his decision to have surgery. When her father returned home from the hospital, she tirelessly stayed by his side, day and night, caring for him to make him as comfortable as possible. Claire spent countless hours at his bedside, comforting him and reminiscing about the good times in their lives. The family would like to convey special thanks to Dr. Jennifer Wilson for her attention to Bill in his last days and the family is also very grateful to the Home Care nurses and the Home Support workers. Bill is lovingly remembered by his wife, Claire Irene Doull, his children, Sandra, Norman and Murray (Lucy), his sister Helen Knowles as well as his grandchildren Joy Sutherland, Tanya Pennington (Layne), Roderick Doull, Cora Pilon (Chris) and his great grandchildren, Becky, Michael and Adam Sutherland, Gray Pennington and Kyle and Brandon Pilon along with many nephews and nieces, comrades and friends. Bill is sadly predeceased by both his parents, sisters Zaida, Jenny and Frances and by his brothers Lloyd and Leonard. Bill did not wish for a funeral service and wanted his remains cremated. His ashes will be interned at the family cemetery in Cherry River, Quebec in due course. A Celebration of Life will take place at a date and location which is yet to be determined by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations may be made in loving memory of Llewellyn Thomas Sidney Doull to: Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association, PO Box 381, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6. Please indicate that your donation is to support the Hong Kong Veterans Memorial Wall. Alternatively, donations can be made to the Chilliwack Ostemy Association.

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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.
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