|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Richmond QC||Eastern Quebec||1918-09-29|
|HQ Coy||3 Mortars|
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).
|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-Fu-5B||Omine||Kawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, Japan||Furukawa Industries Omine||Coal mining||8||43 Jan 23||45 Sep 22|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD3B||Tatsuta Maru||43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs||43 Jan 22, 0400 hrs||Nagasaki, Japan||Tony Banham|
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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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