Individual Report: H6609 Raymond SELLERS

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

Red River Métis

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Lance Corporal Raymond Richards
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Lac Du Bonnet MB Manitoba 1923-12-10
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Section 2ic C

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

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island42 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 Company45 Apr 1645 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatuta 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

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Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class
1996-05-06Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Winnipeg Manitoba CanadaBrookside CemeteryMLTY-9587-0

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Peacefully with his family by his side, Ray Sellers passed away at the Grace Hospital May 6, 1996. Ray was born December 10, 1922 in Lac Du Bonnet, Manitoba. Ray is survived by his living wife Mary; his two daughters, Cheryl Currie (John Edmunds) and Donna (George) Remillard and his grand children, James, and Shari Currie.

Ray served with the Winnipeg Grenadiers during the Second World War. He was a P.O.W. until 1945, following the Battle of Hong Kong. He then served with the Provost Corps of Canadian Armed Forces until 1968, when he went into real estate until retiring in 1978. Ray was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Richard and brother Kenneth. Left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Len (Joan)Watson, Robert (Ollie) Sellers, Fred (Nettie) Sellers and Donald (Violet) Sellers; his sister-in-law Armande Sellers and his many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Dad will also be remembered by Claire, Nicole, Danielle, Angela, Chase, and Alex.

He was a member of Fort Garry Lodge No 130, Prince of Wales Chapter, King Edward Preceptory and the provost Corps of the Khartum Shrine. He was on the Board of Directors of Deer Lodge Foundation, a member of the Hong Kong Veteran’s Association, Army and Navy Unit No. 1 and the Canadian Provost Corps Association, a Trustee of the Winnipeg Grenadiers Hong Kong Trust Fund, a former board member of the Veteran’s Manor and a long time member of the Charleswood Golf Club.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all the staff of the ICU of the Grace Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday at Wesminster United Church, 745 Westminster at Maryland. If friends so desire, donations in Ray’s memory may be made to the Winnipeg Grenadiers Hong Kong Trust Fund, in care of P.O. Box 3810 Winnipeg, R3C 2H6 or the Deer Lodge Foundation 2109 Portage ave., R3J 0L3.

It is hard to express what you meant to us, how much we respected and loved you. You were our comfort and our joy. Because of you, and your strength and belief in us, we grew, and you taught us how to live and how to love. Thank you for always being there for always being there for us when we needed you. We will miss you today, and all our tomorrows. You are in our heats and in our dreams forever. Love forever, Mary, Chery, Donna, James, and Shari

Neil Bardal Inc. 949-2200

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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 Books 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: 1918-00-00. 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.
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