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).
Service numbers for officers are locally generated for
reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service
numbers until 1945.
'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Second World War Book of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
Some birthdates and deathdates display as follows: 1918-01-01. In general, this indicates that we
know the year but not the month or day.
Our POW camp links along with our References link (near the bottom of the 'C' Force home page) are designed to give you a starting point for your research.
There were many camps with many name changes. The best resource for all POW
camps in Japan is the Roger Mansell
Center for Research site.
In most cases the rank displayed was the rank held before hostilities. Some veterans were promoted at some point prior to eventual post-war release from the army back in Canada. When notified of these changes we'll update the individual's record.
Images displayed on the web page are small, but in many cases the actual
image is larger. Hover over any image and you will see a popup if a
larger version is available. You can also right-click on some images and select the option to view
the image separately. Not all images have larger versions. Contact us to
confirm whether a large copy of an image in which you are interested
Related documentation for information published in this report may be available.
Researchers have added significant content on some 'C' Force members in
the public group "Hong Kong Veterans Tribute" on Facebook, which you can search by using the member's service number.
Feel free to contact us if you would like us to search our offline archives.
We have done our best to avoid errors and omissions, but
if you find any issues with this report, either in accuracy,
completeness or layout, please contact us using the link at the top of this page.
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