Individual Report: H20841 Wilbert DUBOIS

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

Red River Métis

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Wilbert
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Saint Claude MB Manitoba 1903-03-22
Appointment: Company: Platoon:

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

No wounds recorded.

Hospital Information

No record of hospital visits found.

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island3342 Jan 2242 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 26 45 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1954-04-28Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Saint Claude Manitoba CanadaSt. Claude Roman Catholic Cemetery

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Obituary / Life Story

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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