Individual Report: H6351 Robert LYTLE

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Robert Foster
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Carman MB Manitoba 1919-10-23
Appointment: Company: Platoon:

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

No wounds recorded.

Hospital Information

No record of hospital visits found.

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrive Depart
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island41 Dec 2041 Dec 22
HK-AS-01Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong Kong41 Dec 22Dec 26
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 43 Jan 19
JP-To-3DTsurumiYokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, JapanNippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi ShipyardsVariety of jobs related to ship building43 Jan 1945 Apr 16
JP-Se-4B OhashiIwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, JapanNippon Steel Company13445 Apr 1645 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatsuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanBoarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to campTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

No information found.

Post-war Photo

No information found.

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2009-06-23Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

ROBERT FOSTER LYTLE October 23, 1919 June 23, 2009 Peacefully after a valiant battle with cancer, Robert (Bob) Lytle passed away at Riverview Health Centre at the age of 89 years. Bob was born in Carman to Emily Lucy (nee Watson) and Robert James Lytle. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Myrtle (nee Mansell), children Robert (Lorelee), Susan Wrigley (Doug), Debbie Clement (Bill), Darcy (Doreen) and Todd; grandchildren Jeff, Creag, Chris (Shannon), Sean (Natasha), Michael (Nicole), Shannon (Sheldon), Kelly, Kristin, Lauren, Paige, Emma, Alexis and Tara, great-grandchildren Kaydence, Jack, Tyson and Andrew, sisters-in-law Violet Babcock and Leah Mansell and many nieces and nephews. Bob was the last surviving member of his family, predeceased by his parents, sisters Elizabeth, Irene, Winnifred, Rexina, Elinor, Shirley, and brother Jack. Bob enlisted for the Second World War as a Winnipeg Grenadier on September 14, 1939 and served in Bermuda, Jamaica and Hong Kong. He was taken prisoner-of-war by the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 and was interned for four years. Released in 1945, he returned to Carman where he met Myrtle and they married on November 11, 1946. While working for Beaver Lumber they lived in Yorkton, Nipawin and Wolseley, Saskatchewan and always valued the lifelong friendships made there. The family later moved to Winnipeg when Bob found his calling as an Insurance Adjuster. He was highly respected and made many lasting friends in the insurance industry. He retired in 1985. Bob was very active in the Hong Kong Veterans Association, and held the office of National Secretary for seven years. He was Past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Nipawin Branch 120 and Life Member of Charleswood Branch 100. He belonged to the insurance industry's International Order of the Blue Goose. He was a Mason with Red River Lodge 114 and became a Shriner where he found much joy singing with the Chanters. His favourite past-time in the early years was fishing and he enjoyed curling and golfing most of his adult life. One of his greatest gifts was his sense of humour. He always loved a good joke. In 1966 the family moved into their dream home in Charleswood. Bob was first and foremost a family man. He was a very devoted husband and father. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant the world to him. With the loving care of his wife Myrtle, he got his wish to remain in the home he loved so much, for as long as possible. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. The family extends sincere thanks to Dr. McCammon, Dr. Maksymiuk of CancerCare and Dr. Lipschitz at HSC. We are extremely grateful to Dr. Crow and all the wonderful, caring staff on 3E Riverview Health Centre. Our deepest appreciation goes to Mark Shepherd, coordinator of the Palliative Home Care Program and Bob's caregivers. The celebration of Bob's life will take place at Charleswood United Church on Saturday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, care of Riverview Health Centre Foundation, 1 Morley Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4 or HKVCA, Memorial Wall P.O. Box 381,Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2H6. My life on earth is truly past I've loved you all to the very last Weep not for me but courage take and love one another for my sake Love Dad Arrangements entrusted to: Chapel Lawn 885-9715


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