Individual Report: H6082 George PETERSON

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Corporal George Nelson
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
St. Vital MB Manitoba 1921-02-08
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Section Commander E

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

Date Wounded Wound Description References
UnknownN/A

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMH04/17/194205/31/1942118
HK-BMH09/07/194210/10/1942118

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 44 Apr 29
JP-Se-2B YoshimaFukushima-ken, Iwaki-gun, Yoshima-mura, Kamyoshima, JapanFurukawa Mining CompanyCoal mining1,13444 May 3045 Sep 09

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD6Naura Maru44 Apr 2944 May 27Moji, JapanStopped over in Formosa, went through Nagasaki and Hiroshima to POW campTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

No information found.

Post-war Photo

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2021-09-05Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker

Gravestone Image

No information found.

Obituary / Life Story

February 8, 1921 - September 5, 2021 Surrounded by his family's love, our Dad George Peterson passed away peacefully at 100 years of age. Dad resided at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg.

He was predeceased by daughter Nancy (2010), and beloved wife Margaret (2012), twin brother Morris, sister Nancy; and parents, George (Sr.) and Peggy Peterson.

George leaves to mourn his passing, daughters, Pat (Arnold), Alison (Gary); the Alexiuk family (and their children), as well as his many friends.

George grew up in St. Vital and enlisted in the army to fight in the Second World War. After surviving almost four years in a Hong Kong POW camp, George would later be known historically as one of the "Arden Seven". George was the last surviving member of The Winnipeg Grenadiers and was extremely grateful to have been granted 76 extra beautiful years of life in Canada that many of his friends and comrades were not as privileged to enjoy.

George and Margaret were married July 29, 1955, and were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Nancy, Pat, and Alison. They lived a loving and fulfilling life first in Fort Rouge and then in Windsor Park. Dad's other loves included golf, fishing, the NY crossword puzzle, playing cards and spending time at the family cottage at Falcon Lake.

We wish to thank the staff at Deer Lodge Centre, Tower 6 and Tower 5, for the care, respect, and compassion that ALL of you gave to Dad, and ultimately gave to us.

With respect to Covid restrictions, a Public and Military Graveside Service will take place on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Brookside Cemetery, 1:00 p.m. (1300 hours).

Flowers are gratefully declined; however donations in George's Honour may be made to Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, or to The War Amps of Canada.

Rest in Peace Dad as you've been reunited with Mom and Nancy. Our Love, Gratitude and Respect will remain with you always and we'll miss your wonderful smile.

Many thanks to Erik Bardal of Neil Bardal Funeral Centre for arrangements. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2021

Links

George Peterson's account

General Comments

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Picture & the following from Face Book Page - Operation Picture Me- Hong Kong [scanning from Winnipeg Tribune] by David Archer, 2016

20 year old twin brothers, Private Morris Peterson, left, and Corporal George Peterson, right, were at Hong Kong with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, having served with the unit since the outbreak of war. Their father, Corporal G. N. Peterson, centre, Winnipeg Light Infantry, is an instructor at the 100th basic training centre, Portage la Prairie. Mrs. Peterson lives at 53 Fermore Avenue St. Vital.

This veteran was interviewed by Veterans Affairs. To view, visit the VACVideo Gallery page and use the search tool. Note: VAC moves pages around constantly, so you may have to work to find the video. Currently the best way to access the Hong Kong veteran interviews is to select the "Heroes Remember" category, then use the advanced search option and click on the "Hong Kong" campaign option.

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From Alison Griffith: Please forgive my boldness! I was not sure how to celebrate my Dad’s 100th Birthday during COVID.  We were expecting to have a big party for him to celebrate this momentous milestone but simply can’t do that in person.  So I’m hoping instead that maybe we can all join virtually to celebrate my Dad, George Peterson who will be 100 years old on Monday, February 8th, 2021.   He resides at Deer Lodge Centre on Tower 6 in Winnipeg, and he is the last surviving Winnipeg Grenedier as well as a Hong Kong POW Veteran from WWII.  If you can find some time this Monday to toast my Dad with a Crown Royal, a kind thought, or a virtual greeting at the link below, we would be grateful! Well Wishes can be sent to him here: https://deerlodge.mb.ca/residents/well-wishes/ This is the cake that my sister Pat had made for our Dad and I think the Co-Op Grocery Store in Southdale did a fantastic job!!


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Report generated: 07 Dec 2021.


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