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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-NP-01||North Point||North Point, Hong Kong Island||41 Dec 20||41 Dec 22|
|HK-AS-01||Argyle Street||Kowloon, Hong Kong||41 Dec 22||Dec 26|
|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 Aug 15|
|JP-Os-3B||Oeyama||Kyoto-fu, Yosa-gun, Yoshizu-mura, Sutsu, Japan||Nippon Yakin Nickel Mine & Refinery||Mining nickel & work at the refinery||3||43 Sep 01||44 Feb 22|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD4A||Manryu Maru||43 Aug 15||43 Sep 01||Osaka, Japan||Brief stopover in Taihoku (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); then 2 day stopover at northern point for stool tests||Tony Banham|
|Image||Name of Award||Abbreviation||References||Precedence||Comments|
|Mentioned-in-Despatches||MiD||37, 38, 123||13||Citation not found|
|Site Description||Location||Province||Map Reference||Lat/Long||Date|
|East Matthews Lake||Semmens Lake, Manitoba, west of||Manitoba||53 M/01||55 05' 07"; 94 18' 36"||1995|
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|1944-02-22||Cardiac Beri Beri||Died while POW|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Jido-Yuenchi-Dori Hodogaya Japan||Yokohama War Cemetery||Cdn. Sec. B. D. 3.|
H6044 Norman MATTHEWS born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Came to Canada in 1926. Enlistment: September 5, 1939 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Husband of Irene May Matthews, of Beausejour, Manitoba. Father of Norma Mae 4 years old, Beausejour, MB. Brother of Denis Cyril Matthews H6197. Death officially confirmed that Pte. Matthews died on Feb. 22/1944 as a result of Malnutrition, Dysentery and Beri Beri at Camp Oeyama, Japan
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