Individual Report: H6385 James FUREY

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private James
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Firdale MB Manitoba 1920-01-30
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
HQ Coy

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 Island1341 Dec 2041 Dec 22
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

No information found.

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1989-09-27Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker

Gravestone Image

No information found.

Obituary / Life Story

On September 27, 1989 at the Deer Lodge Centre, James Furey, beloved husband of Nancy Furey.

Born in Northern Ireland in 1920, he came to Canada with his parents in 1928 and settled in the Firdale district. In 1939 he enlisted with the Winnipeg Grenadiers and served in Jamaica and Hong Kong where he was a prisoner of war for four years.

Besides his wife Nancy, he is survived by three daughters, Sheila and grandson Danny McDougall, Linda and Glen Morrison, Joyce and Mark Joyal; two sons, Brian and David. Also survived by two sisters, May Robinson, Kay and Jack Robert and one brother Michael. Predeceased by his parents, James and Catherine Furey; five brothers, John, Joe, Pat, Frank and Brian.

Thanks to Clara Driedger and staff of T7 at the Deer Lodge Centre for their care over the past six years.

Cremation has taken place. A private Family Service was held.

Flowers gratefully declined. Should friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society Manitoba Inc.

Links

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General Comments

Died in 1989 according to Vince, but entry in Legion book says 1984. Needs to be verified.


End of Report.

Report generated: 26 Sep 2020.


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Additional Notes

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  1. Service numbers for officers are locally generated for reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service numbers until 1945.
  2. '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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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