Red River Métis
|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Fisher Branch MB||Manitoba||1921-10-04|
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).
|Name of hospital||Date of admission||Date of discharge||Comments||Reference|
|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||43 Dec 10|
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|Site Description||Location||Province||Map Reference||Lat/Long||Date|
|Hamelin Island||Laurie River, Manitoba, in the||Manitoba||64 C/3||56 12' 11"; 101 01' 36"||1995|
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|1943-12-10||Died while POW|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Cape Collinson Road Chai Wan Hong Kong China||Sai Wan War Cemetery||VIII. B. 27.||NA|
HAMELIN, Francois F. "Fred"
Private Fred Hamelin, of Fisher Branch, enlisted in July 1941 and took his training at Camp Shilo and Portage la Prairie. He was in Winnipeg when the Winnipeg Grenadiers were leaving for Hong Kong at the end of October 1941. As they were short of men Fred volunteered to go with them and at this time transferred to the Winnipeg Grenadiers. He was taken prisoner in December 1941. Fred Hamelin died in the prison camp in 1943 at the young age of seventeen.
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