Individual Report: E30072 Edward CAMPBELTON

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Lance Corporal Edward Albert
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Richmond QC Eastern Quebec 1918-09-29
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
HQ Coy 3 Mortars

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 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-Fu-5BOmineKawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, JapanFurukawa Industries OmineCoal mining843 Jan 2345 Sep 22

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3BTatsuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Awarded the Queen's Diamond Jublilee Medal in 2012.

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2018-03-12Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker

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Obituary / Life Story

Passed away peacefully at the CHUS Hôtel-Dieu, on March 12, 2018 at the age of 99.

Predeceased by his wife Ruth Gagnon, his sister Beverly, brother Donald and survived by his sister Carol. He also leaves to mourn many family members and friends.

At a young age, Edward was deployed to Hong Kong and participated in the Battle of Hong Kong which took place from December 8–25, 1941. This is also known as the Defense of Hong Kong and the Fall of Hong Kong and was one of the first battles of the Pacific War in World War II. He was a member of 1st Battalion The Royal Rifles of Canada. During the battle he was captured and became a POW (Prisoner of War) from Dec. 25, 1941 to Sept. 22, 1945.

A graveside service is being held by Rev. Jennings at St. Andrews Cemetery, ­Melbourne, Quebec, July 21st, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at St. Andrews Church following the service.

Published in Sherbrooke Record on July 18, 2018

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End of Report. Report generated: 18 Oct 2018.


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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.
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