Individual Report: E30338 Eugene LAPOINTE

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Eugene Walter
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Nash Creek NB Eastern Quebec 1924-01-16
Appointment: Company: Platoon:

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-To-3DTsurumiYokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, JapanNippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi ShipyardsVariety of jobs related to ship building943 Jan 1945 May 13
JP-Se-1B YumotoFukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yumoto-cho, Mizunoya, JapanJoban Coal Mining Company13445 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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Post-war Photo

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Photo of Eugene taken back in 2015 when he attended HK reunion at the JR Legion

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2022-06-17Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

PASSED AWAY AT THE VILLA RENAISSANCE ON JUNE 17, 2022, AT THE AGE OF 98, MR. EUGENE LAPOINTE OF DALHOUSIE, HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH (GUITARD) LAPOINTE.

Born in Nash Creek on Jan 16, 1924, son of the (late) Martha Hickey and of the (late) Walter Stanley LaPointe.

He worked for The Town of Dalhousie for 30 years and until retirement. He was also a Veteran of the 2nd World War, RROC (Royal Rifles of Canada) "C Force" POW.

He is survived by his 4 Children Marsha McGraw, Linda LaPointe, Barry LaPointe and Donna LaPointe, his 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. His sisters Edna, Delia, as well as many nieces and nephew. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) LaPointe, his son Clarence LaPointe, his Granddaughter Julie McGraw, His Parents Walter and Martha, his brothers Raymond and James.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Saint John Bosco Church in Dalhousie, on June 28 at 11:00 am.

There will be no Visitations.

The family would like to thank the Villa Renaissance Nursing Home and their staff for their wonderful care over the last 11 years. The staff became like a family to all of us. For those who wish, donations can be made in his memory to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17 for helping other veterans.

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General Comments

E30338 Eugene LAPOINTE- He was the brother in law to E30503 Gabriel GUITARD


End of Report.

Report generated: 10 Aug 2022.


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