|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Sussex NB||Eastern Quebec||1923-03-29|
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-To-3D||Tsurumi||Yokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, Japan||Nippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi Shipyards||Variety of jobs related to ship building||9||43 Jan 19||45 May 13|
|JP-Se-1B||Yumoto||Fukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yumoto-cho, Mizunoya, Japan||Joban Coal Mining Company||134||45 May 13||45 Sep 15|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD3A||Tatsuta Maru||43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs||43 Jan 22, 0400 hrs||Nagasaki, Japan||Boarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to camp||Tony Banham|
No information found.
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|St. John NB Canada||St Joseph's|
No information found.
It is with deep sadness that the family of Bliss Thomas Cole of Saint John announces his peaceful departure from this life on March 19, 2011, at the age of 87. Born in Turtle Creek, NB, on March 29, 1923, he was the son of the late Elmer and Dorothy (Taylor) Cole. Bliss is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eileen (Warner), children David (Anne) of Austin, Tx, Phillip (Karen) of Truro, NS, Anne Thomson of Liverpool, NS, and Margaret Cole and Kathy Whittle (George), both of Saint John; sisters, Shirley Hicks, Verna Pearson, Betty Mason, Gladys Parisi and Marjorie Arsenault; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom are proud to have received his love and guidance. He was predeceased by brothers Frank, Rodney, Phillip, Donald, and Robert; and sisters, Elma, Isabelle, and Bea. Bliss joined the Canadian Army (Royal Rifles of Canada) in 1940 at the age of 17. He and his father were both captured by the Japanese Army during the fall of Hong Kong on Christmas Day 1941. Sadly, his father did not survive the POW camp, but Bliss, along with the other surviving POW's were released just after VJ Day in 1945. Bliss moved to Sussex shortly after the war, where he met and married the love of his life, Eileen, then later moved with his young family to Saint John. He worked at the old DVA Hospital until just shortly before it closed, then worked as a uniformed customs officer with Canada Customs in the Port of Saint John. Bliss converted to Catholicism when his first child was born, and remained devoted to the Catholic Church for the rest of his life. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus, a Scoutmaster, and avid bowler, a proud member of the Hong Kong Veterans Association, and served on various committees for the St. Pius X Catholic Church. Against all odds Bliss survived the Japanese POW camp, but in his eyes, his greatest accomplishment in life was having a long and successful marriage to Eileen and being a father to his five children, who have always realized what a very special person he was. His family wish to express their deep appreciation for the kindness and care provided by Delores, Anne, Arlene, and Tony, as well as the extra-mural nurses, the VON regular home care workers and Father Douglas McNeill. Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., with visiting on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Church on Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock. Interment will take place in St Joseph's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Extra-Mural Nursing Program; or St. Pius X Building Fund would be appreciated. www.fitzpatrickfh.com
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Bliss Thomas Cole and Father Elmer Cole E30215. His father did not come home.
1945 Next of Kin: Mrs. Dorothy Cole (mother nee Taylor), RR#2 Sussex NB.
Marriage July 13, 1946 in Studholm, Kings, New Brunswick, Canada to Eileen Frances Warner
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