Individual Report: H41564 Henry MILLITAIRE

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

Red River Métis

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Henry Leonard
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Carman MB Manitoba 1914-08-05
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
B

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

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMH06/18/194207/10/1942118

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrive Depart
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 43 Jan 19
JP-Fu-5BOmineKawasaki-machi, Fukuoka pref., Kyushu Island, JapanFurukawa Industries OmineCoal mining843 Jan 2345 Sep 22

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3BTatsuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

Canadian repatriation Draft #7 will embark at Manila, berth 116, on H.M.C.S. Prince Robert for Vancouver, Canada, 29 Sep 45.

Post-war Photo

No information found.

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1999-10-02Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Carman Manitoba CanadaOur Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Henry Millitaire Peacefully at the Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Henry passed away on Saturday, October 2nd, 1999.

Hank was predeceased by his parents Roger and Celina Millitaire; his daughter, Marlene; his brothers, Lewis and Amos and his sisters, Elizabeth Proulx and Carrie McIvor. He is survived by his sister, Florence (Bobbie) Militaire; sons, Maurice and Blaine and daughters, Brenda and Denise all of Winnipeg, and daughter Doreen of Edmonton.

Hank was born on August 5th, 1914 in Carman, Manitoba. He served in the Winnipeg Grenadiers during the Second World War and was taken prisoner in Hong Kong for the duration of the war. Following his return, he worked with Huxley Cartage and a variety of trucking companies in Winnipeg. Hank spent some time in Calgary and returned to Winnipeg to retire.

A public viewing will be held at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrooke ST., Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday, October 5th at 7:30 p.m. with prayers to follow at 9:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m. at St Francis Friary, 211 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Interment will take place in the Carman Catholic Cemetery, Carman, Manitoba.

Memorial donations may be made to the Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg Manitoba. Doyles Funeral Home of Carman in care of arrangements.

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Report generated: 10 Aug 2022.


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