Individual Report: F50446 Laurie MACKAY

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Laurie Vincent
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Truro NS Nova Scotia & PEI 1925-02-21
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
D 17 Plt

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

Date Wounded Wound Description References

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 Arrival Date Departure Date
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 Dec 15
JP-Os-11B NarumiAichi-ken, Aichi-gun, Narumi-machi, Arimatsu Mura 114-3Nippon Rolling Stock Company and Daido Electric Steel CompanyMen employed as slaves for Daido Electric Steel Company and made wheels at the Nippon Wheel (Vehicle) Mfg.844 Jan 0645 Sep 10
JP-Na-8B Tateyama1-Banchi, Shimookui-cho, Toyama City, Toyama, JapanTateyama Heavy Industry CompanyManufacture of small steam rollers, used for building of airfields or roads133N/AN/A

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD5ASS Soong Cheong / Toyama Maru43 Dec 1544 Jan 04Moji, JapanArrived at Takao, Formosa, 43 Dec 20; Transferred to Toyama Maru, 43 Dec 30, went to NarumiTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Submitted by Josh Rodgers, grandson, 08/2017

Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1998-09-07Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Truro Nova Scotia CanadaWatson Cemetery

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

MacKAY, Laurie Vincent - 73, Halifax, died September 7, 1998, in Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building, QEII, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Truro, he was a son of the late Daniel and Minnie (Gower) MacKay. He was employed 35 years with the CNR. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Royal Rifles of Canada. He served in the defence of Hong Kong and for many years was regional director of the Hong Kong Prisoners of War Association, Nova Scotia Branch. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 142, Fairview. He was a caring and compassionate man, a good husband and father, and will be sadly missed by his family. Surviving are his wife, the former Lorna Lee Hall; daughters, Laurie Anne Ernst, Lethbridge, Alta.; Karen Lee, Dartmouth; Wendy Diane (Mrs. Murdock Rodgers), New Brunswick; Lorna Jean (Mrs. Roger Peters), Timberlea; Marjorie Ellen, Halifax; brothers, Harold, Halifax; Daniel, Truro; grandchildren, Richard, Wendy, Joshua, Ainslie, Ellen and Michael; great-grandchildren, Shaylah and Christine; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Marcella and Evelyn; brothers, Frank and George. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, legion service Wednesday evening, funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, both in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. Reception to follow service in the funeral home. Burial in Watson Cemetery, Truro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the QEII Foundation."

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Additional Notes

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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.
  2. 'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Books of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
  3. Some birthdates and deathdates display as follows: 1918-00-00. In general, this indicates that we know the year but not the month or day.
  4. Our POW camp links along with our References link (near the bottom of the 'C' Force home page) 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. In most cases the rank displayed was the rank held before hostilities. Some veterans were promoted at some point prior to eventual post-war release from the army back in Canada. When notified of these changes we'll update the individual's record.
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