|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|St. John's NF||Eastern Quebec||1921-03-13|
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|
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With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Douglas Rees on Monday, March 18, 2019 at the age of 98 years.
Doug was born in St. John’s, NL and at age 19 he joined the Royal Rifles of Canada (C Force) with whom he was deployed to Hong Kong during World War II. He was a Japanese P.O.W. for a very difficult four years. He rarely spoke of these times. Doug placed a very high value on freedom, democracy and human rights.
After returning to Canada he settled in Ontario and worked for Canada Post. In 1992, Doug and his wife, Carolynne, followed family and moved to Calgary. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and uncle, taking great pleasure and pride in his family.
For many years, Doug and Carolynne spent winters in Barbados where they enjoyed friends and watching beautiful sunsets from their balcony. In the summer, the two enjoyed boating and fishing in the Kawarthas. Doug loved music and playing the organ. He was also an avid sports fan, cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays every game they played. He always had a twinkle in his eye, a kick in his step and a positive outlook on life. He adored returning to Newfoundland to visit his brother, sister and the rest of his family. Doug enjoyed good health and independence until his final days.
Doug is survived and cherished by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Sid Viner; his grandchildren, Rebecca, Benny and Eliana; as well as his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife Carolynne, his brother Lloyd Rees, sister Della Forward, brother-in-law Robert Forward, and brothers, Charles Whalen and Angus Rees.
A Private Family Service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to doctors: Walker, Saar, Desy, Groshaus, Simon, Biala and Tanner – nurses: Savannah, Kim, Kimberley, Dennis, Lilia and Laura – and all the staff on Unit 71 and Unit 93 at Rockyview General Hospital. We also want to thank Dr. Brent Kinnie who provided exemplary care over many years and the staff at Mackenzie Towne retirement residence.
In living memory of Douglas Rees, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.
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