Individual Report: H6371 Douglas MOORE

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Douglas Haig
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Elgin MB Manitoba 1917-03-22
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

Date Wounded Wound Description References

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMH08/07/194209/18/1942Died while in hospital118(42 Sep 21)

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrive Depart
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong IslandN/AN/A
HK-AS-01Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong KongN/AN/A
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island42 Jan 2242 Sep 18

Commemorative Feature

Site Description Location Province Map Reference Lat/Long Date
Moore IslandCroll Lake, Manitoba, inManitoba64 O/0959 33' 18"; 98 22' 15"1985

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1942-09-18Diphtheria & dysentryDied while POW
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Cape Collinson Road Chai Wan Hong Kong ChinaSai Wan War CemeteryVIII. D. 15.

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Douglas Moore was born March 22, 1917 at Elgin, Manitoba, the son of Wilson and Elizabeth Moore of Birch River, Manitoba. He was raised along with his siblings Beth, Sarah, Agnes, Doris, Dave, Jim, Jack and Wilson. .At the time of enlistment, Douglas was employed by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting in Flin Flon, Manitoba. On September 15, 1939, he enlisted with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C,at Winnipeg, Manitoba. In June 1940, he was sent on a tour of duty to Bermuda and Jamaica. On Monday, October 20, 1941, while on leave in Winnipeg, he married Johanna (Anne) Bais and left for Hong Kong on Saturday, Douglas died a Prisoner of War on September 18, 1942 at the age of 25. Douglas is commemorated at the Sai Wan Cemetery in Hong Kong. Moore Island (64 0/9) in Croll Lake was named after him in 1985.

(Excerpt from a booklet Hong Kong Vets of the Swan River Valley compiled by Leone Sigurdson in September 2018)


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General Comments

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A Memoriam to My Husband Douglas Haig Moore, Winnipeg Grenadiers H6371. Douglas was married to Johanna (Anne) Bais on October 20th, 1941 at 8pm. He passed away 75 years ago on September 18th, 1942 in a Hong Kong prison camp and was buried in Sai Wan Cemetery. Lovingly remembered by Anne (Bais) Richardson. All the years have not dimmed his memory.

End of Report. Report generated: 03 Apr 2020.

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