Individual Report: E30353 James FLANAGAN

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman James Andrew
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Jacquet River NB Eastern Quebec 1914-02-01
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 building43 Jan 1945 May 13
JP-Se-1B YumotoFukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yumoto-cho, Mizunoya, JapanJoban Coal Mining Company45 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

No information found.

Post-war Photo

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1993-02-27Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Jacquet River New Brunswick CanadaSaint Gabriel's CemeteryYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

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General Comments

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CONVICTED ON AFFIDAVITS OF CANADIAN VETS

OTTAWA June 24 (CP)-Affidavits of 16 Canadian veterans of Hong Kong have helped convict three Japanese Overseers of a mining company, charged with brutal treatment of Allied war prisoners working at the mine, army headquarters announced today.

Sentences of imprisonment at hard labour were imposed on Tsurugi Komatsu, Masao Suzuki and Ken Suzuki.

Komatsu, nicknamed "Bulldog" by prisoners, was civilian overseer of the Kashima coal mine. He was found guilty of 33 charges, including beating prisoners with a mine hammer, shovel, pick handle and other weapons, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The other two were mine foremen under Komatsu, and received sentences of 13 and four years respectively.

Employed in the mine were Canadian, Dutch and English prisoners of war from Sendai area camp 1-B, at Yumoto, Island of Honshu.

The Canadian veterans supplying affidavits describing brutal treatment in the mine were: Matthew William Murray Oshawa, Ont.; John T. Ferrigan Campbell's Bay, Que; Henry Hladych, Kindersley, Sask; Jack Rose, Vancouver, B.C.; Robert C. Stager Ayr, Ont.; Leo Paul Berard, Winnipeg; Ralph D. Alley, Trent River, Ont.; John D. Caruso, Fort William; James H. Stewart, Albert Delbridge and John Kitt, all of Winnipeg; Sylvere Arsenault Atholville, N.B.; James A. Flanagan, Joseph Frenette and Joseph A. Dempsey all of Jacquet River, N.B.; and William J. Overton, Toronto.

Video in honour of James Flanagan created by his daughter available on YouTube.


End of Report.

Report generated: 26 Sep 2022.


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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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