|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Truro NS||Nova Scotia & PEI||1925-02-21|
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).
|Date Wounded||Wound Description||References|
|Name of hospital||Date of admission||Date of discharge||Comments||Reference|
|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 Dec 15|
|JP-Os-11B||Narumi||Aichi-ken, Aichi-gun, Narumi-machi, Arimatsu Mura 114-3||Nippon Rolling Stock Company and Daido Electric Steel Company||Men employed as slaves for Daido Electric Steel Company and made wheels at the Nippon Wheel (Vehicle) Mfg.||8||44 Jan 06||45 Sep 10|
|JP-Na-8B||Tateyama||1-Banchi, Shimookui-cho, Toyama City, Toyama, Japan||Tateyama Heavy Industry Company||Manufacture of small steam rollers, used for building of airfields or roads||133||N/A||N/A|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD5A||SS Soong Cheong / Toyama Maru||43 Dec 15||44 Jan 04||Moji, Japan||Arrived at Takao, Formosa, 43 Dec 20; Transferred to Toyama Maru, 43 Dec 30, went to Narumi||Tony Banham|
No information found.
Submitted by Josh Rodgers, grandson, 08/2017
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Truro NS Canada||Watson||MEMORIAL ID 155601747|
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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