Red River Métis
|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Saint Claude MB||Manitoba||1903-03-22|
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-SA-01||Shamshuipo||Kowloon, Hong Kong||Capture||42 Jan 22|
|HK-NP-02||North Point||North Point, Hong Kong Island||33||42 Jan 22||42 Sep 26|
|HK-SA-02||Shamshuipo||Kowloon, Hong Kong||42 Sep 26||45 Sep 10|
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|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Saint Claude Manitoba Canada||Saint Claude Roman Catholic Cemetery|
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WILBERT DUBOIS Died on April 28th at Deer Lodge Veterans' Hospital, Wilbert Dubois, age 51 years, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Dubois was born in the St. Claude district on March 22, 1903, where he lived most of his life. He spent a few years in Saskatchewan and after his return, married Miss Florence Gertrude Warren, of Cloan, Sask., on April 30, 1937. On July 16th, 1941 he joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and after a short time of service with that regiment he was transferred to the Winnipeg Grenadiers, and was sent to Hong Kong in October, 1941.
He was taken prisoner at the fall of Hong Kong. After his freedom from prison camp in 1945 he returned to St. Claude where he has lived ever since. His health had been failing and had spent quite some time in Deer Lodge Hospital.
The funeral service was held on April 30th in the Roman Catholic church, St. Claude, conducted by Rev. Father Gagne. The pallbearers were Albert Delorme, Albert Jobin, Victor Deshayes, Gerald Bourgoyne, Murray and William Sinclair. The flower bearers were Miss Marguerite Crighton, Kenneth Wolf, Mrs. R. Parker and Jaques Leroux. Interment was in the St. Claude cemetery.
Mr. Dubois leaves to mourn his widow, daughter Norma, and son Carl, at home; his mother, Mrs. M. Dubois, of St. Claude; Nine brothers Thomas, of Portage; Jack, Julien, Ernest, Lawrence and Edmond, of St. Claude; Arthur, of Victoria, B.C.; Robert, of Didsburry, Alta.; James, R.C.E., of Chilliwak, B.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Jean Warren, of Cloan, Sask., and Mrs. Marie Crighton, of Winnipeg.
CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation to all the kind friends who showed sympathy, contributed floral offerings and all who assisted in any way during our recent bereavement. -The Dubois Family
Translation of Paragraph relating to Wilbert Dubois from Anecdotes 1954
On the 28th of April, Mr. Wilbur (sp) Dubois died at the age of 51 years at the Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. He was born in St. Claude in 1903 and had gone to Hong Kong where he was held prisoner by the Japanese. That he was able to pass through this ordeal was due to the grace of his mother who had shown him how to mend socks. When some of the Japanese soldiers noticed his talents, they kept him busy darning their socks. This enabled him to have an easier life than most of his companions. He returned to St. Claude in 1945 but he remained feeble and sick as a result of the bad treatment he had received in prison.
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