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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).
|Date Wounded||Wound Description||References|
|Name of hospital||Date of admission||Date of discharge||Comments||Reference|
|HK-BMH||12/11/1941||12/12/1941||Transferred to another ho||118|
|HK-UNK||N/A||N/A||Transferred from BMK|
|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 Jan 19|
|JP-To-3D||Tsurumi||Yokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, Japan||Nippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi Shipyards||Variety of jobs related to ship building||9||43 Jan 19||45 Apr 16|
|JP-Se-4B||Ohashi||Iwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, Japan||Nippon Steel Company||134||45 Apr 16||45 Sep 15|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|XD3A||Tatsuta Maru||43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs||43 Jan 22, 0400 hrs||Nagasaki, Japan||Boarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to camp||Tony Banham|
No information found.
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|Winnipeg MB Canada||Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens|
H6070 JAMES DOWNIE On July 7, 1973, at the Deer Lodge Hospital, James Downie, aged 66 years, dearly beloved husband of Emily Phyllis Downie of 930 Lock Street. Funeral service will be held in the Thomson Funeral Chapels, Broadway at Furby, Wednesday, July 12 at 2:15 p.m. Padre C. L. Morgan officiating. Interment in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Courtesy parking west of the funeral chapels. Friends may call at the chapels Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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H6070 James DOWNIE - surname as per picture. Born Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland. A family member has provided the Birth Record for this soldier and stated the families surname was Shivlen and changed to Downie prior to emigrating to Canada.
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