Red River Métis
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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).
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|Site Description||Location||Province||Map Reference||Lat/Long||Date|
|Ouelette Lake||Red Cross Lake, Manitoba, northwest of||Manitoba||53 N/02||55 11' 04"; 92 33' 48"||1995|
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|1941-12-25||Killed In Action|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Stanley Village Hong Kong China||Stanley Military Cemetery||5. B. Coll. grave 1-4.||NA|
Mrs. Patricia M. Ouellette 119- 7th St. South Kenora Ontario August 12th, 1943
To: M. Nirth (sp?), Lt. Col.
Received your letter this morning regarding my husband Pte. Alfred JP- H6526 Oullette estate and wish to thank you kindly. I was wondering if you could possibly let me know about his personal belongings, if they have them. Do you think it is possible for me to get them back as I would like to keep them for his two boys as they miss him dreadfully.
And I have to tell them something also I would like to have them myself. I know he would wish it. There won't be very much. But he has a wrist watch and pen which I gave him when he went over. So kindly let me know what I could do to receive them.
Mrs Patricia Oullette Pte. AJP wife and family
The money will be used for clothing for the children for school
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Sent to Pamela Heinrichs by Robert Alan May 2022
Like many other Metis people, I grew up with more questions than answers about who I was (am I Metis?) and what was my family's history. I knew nothing of my family because nothing was ever spoken about. If I had questions regarding the family, answers if given at all were generally vague. I heard that I had a grandfather in the war. I didn't know what war or any other information.
Years later in my life as an adult I started to investigate my family through Ancestry and through DNA. I finally found out that I did have a grandfather that fought in WWII. Joseph Alfred Philias Ouellette. I was so happy to finally know something about my history. During this time I also found out that I was indeed Metis and that my Metis ancestry followed my father's paternal line. My grandfather Joseph Ouellette was Metis. I can't tell you the pride I felt to find out this information. I not only new he was a veteran of WWII, was a Winnipeg Grenadier, died in Hong Kong on Christmas day 1941 but he was Metis! I can't help but wonder what my life would have been if I had known about him at an earlier age. I am so proud to be a Metis Canadian and I am very happy to have my grandfather Joseph Alfred Philias Ouellette listed as an Indigenous Veteran on the HKVCA website.
Excerpt from the Canadian Virtual Wall Memorial
Enlistment:September 21, 1939 Winnipeg, Manitoba
His name is Joseph Philias Alfred Ouellette. He signed Ouelette.
Son of François Xavier Ouellette (alias Frank Ouelette) and Marguerite McIvor of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Husband of Patricia Mary Atkinson of McKenzie Island, Ontario. Father of William Frank, Shirley Ann, Margaret and Allan Gordon Ouelette.
Half-brother of Private Frank W. Ouellette, regimental number H-6500, who fought in Europe, and brother-in-law of Private John Stephens, regimental number H-6138, 1st Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers, who was a prisoner of war in Hong Kong and Japan. They survived the war. He served with the 2nd Battalion, Winnipeg Grenadiers - NPAM - from 1938 to 1939, then with the 1st Battalion in Manitoba, Jamaica with Y Force, Hong Kong with C Force. He had 827 days of service, including 59 overseas.
To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Ouelette Lake located northwest of Red Cross Lake in his honor in 1995.
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Report generated: 26 Sep 2022.
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