Individual Report: E30538 Bruce CADORET

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Bruce
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Bougainville QC Eastern Quebec 1921-12-21
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
HQ Coy 4 Carrier

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. If you would like to view this information please email our historian, Vince Lopata. 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

Date Wounded Wound Description References
41/12/23a piece of shrapnel in my foot and some little bit in my back36

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference

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

From a 1997 interview:

We were just there [Nagasaki] a few hours when we went aboard a ship, British aircraft carrier, “Speaker.”  They took us to Okinawa.  There we transferred to an American troopship, “Renville”.(?)   They took us to the Philippines and we stayed in the Philippines for about a week in Manila.  The Americans had all the streets laid out like Quebec City.  Like Grande Alley and all these names laid out and streets for us.  They really were good.  They gave us 100 dollars and American uniforms, cigarette, beer - whatever you wanted.  We had nice tents.

From there we got on another British aircraft carrier, “ The Glory”.  They were supposed to bring us back to Vancouver.  After we got on the ship, the old captain decided we were going to work every day.  He'd get up on a box on the flight deck each morning and name out all the sections and what your duty was for the day.  That didn't go over good.  When we got to Hawaii, it was supposed to be twenty-four hours, but it was forty-eight before he got everybody back aboard the ship.  They didn't want to come back.  From then on we didn't work anymore till Vancouver.  Spent a week in Vancouver and then on to Gaspe.

Post-war Photo

Click for larger view

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2015-10-20Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Napane Ontario CanadaRiverside Cemetery

Gravestone Image

No information found. To submit, attach to an email and send to


CADORET, Bruce - Peacefully at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Bruce Courtney Cadoret of Cobourg at age 93. Beloved husband of the late Rena Cadoret (Doody). Dear father of Anne (Greg Walsh) and Richard Cadoret of Port Hope and the late Bruce Blair. Brother of Malcolm (Lillian) of Whitby and Connie Carra of B.C. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E., Cobourg on Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Riverside Cemetery in Napanee on Monday. Memorial donations made to the Alzheimer Society or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Online condolences at


Interview with Bruce Cadoret, July 21, 1997

General Comments

No comments found.

End of Report. Report generated: 24 Aug 2017.

Back to 'C' Force Home Page

Additional Notes

(These will not be visible on the printed copy)

  1. Service numbers for officers are locally generated for reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service numbers until 1945.
  2. We have done our best to avoid errors and omissions, but if you find any issues with this report, either in accuracy, completeness or layout, please contact us.
  3. Currently some reference numbers are not linked to further information. We are working on this.
  4. Our POW camp links along with our References link (home page - scroll down) are designed to give you a starting point for your research. There were many camps with many name changes. The best resource for all POW camps in Japan is the Roger Mansell Center for Research site.
  5. Images displayed on the web page are small, but in many cases the actual image is larger. Hover over any image and you will see a popup if a larger version is available. You can also right-click on some images and select the option to view the image separately. Not all images have larger versions. Contact us to confirm whether a large copy of an image in which you are interested exists.
  6. We welcome your efforts to let us know where a photo exists for a 'C' Force member that we have not included.