Individual Report: H6479 Sidney VALE

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Sidney Arthur
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
St. Vital MB Manitoba
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Bn HQ

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
41/12/20N/A

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMH12/21/1941N/A118(42 Sep 21)

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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Photo from Winnipeg Tribune Dec 1979. (Page 4)

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
2004-02-26Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Vernon British Columbia CanadaCremation

Gravestone Image

No information found.

Obituary / Life Story

Mr. Sidney Arthur (Sid) Vale passed away in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Thursday, February 26th, 2004 at the age of 85 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Hazel of Vernon, B.C., his step-children; Gordon (Simonne) Macklem of Kelowna, B.C., Bunny (James) Raddis of creston, B.C., Wendy (Gilles Dicaire) Berge of Creston, B.C., Bill (Lucy) Brick of Leduc, Alberta, and Ted (Sherry) Brick of Vernon, B.C., 11 step-grandchildren, 8 step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members. Cremation preceded the Memorial Service which will be held at Desert Cove Recreational Centre on Saturday, March 6th, 2004 at 2:00 P.M. with Mr. Brian Jackson officiating. Funeral arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 (1-250-542-1187)

Links

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General Comments

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Sydney Vale - A former Tribune carrier boy, Sydney Vale, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Vale, 935 St. Marys Road, St. Vital, fought with the Grenadiers at Hong Kong.

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


End of Report. Report generated: 15 Dec 2019.


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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.
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