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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|HK-SA-01||Shamshuipo||Kowloon, Hong Kong||Capture||42 Jan 22|
|HK-NP-02||North Point||North Point, Hong Kong Island||33||42 Jan 22||42 Sep 26|
|HK-SA-02||Shamshuipo||Kowloon, Hong Kong||42 Sep 26||43 Jan 19|
|JP-To-3D||Tsurumi||Yokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, Japan||Nippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi Shipyards||Variety of jobs related to ship building||9||43 Jan 19||N/A|
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|XD3A||Tatsuta Maru||43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs||43 Jan 22, 0400 hrs||Nagasaki, Japan||Boarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to camp||Tony Banham|
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|Strasbourg Saskatchewan Canada|
Remembering George Belcourt [prepared by his family]
George Belcourt, son of Antoine and Victoire Belcourt, was born January 4, 1918 in Manitoba on his parents farm near Togo, Saskatchewan. They later moved to St. Eustache, Manitoba where George still has relatives. He had five brothers and five sisters.
In September 1939 George joined the army with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, where he took his basic training. In 1940 he was sent to Jamaica and served there for sixteen months. After a brief return to Canada, he was transferred to Hong Kong where he was taken prisoner on Christmas Day 1941. He was prisoner of war for 3 years, 7 months and 21 days, of which two years of this time was spent in Japan.
After being released August 15, 945, he moved where his wife Kaye (Kathleen, daughter of Alex and Mary) and their son Dale were residing.
George and Kaye met in Winnipeg in 1940 and were married on April 17th of the same year. In 1946, they purchased their first farm land. They lived in an old two room homestead the hill, with an awesome view, where sometimes outdoor weather was experienced indoors. Pulling and hammering nails became an all-day pastime as they started reconstructing the buildings.
As the family grew an addition to the house had to be built. In 1956, George built five rooms onto the existing four room home built in 1947.
Over the years George and Kaye expanded their mixed farming operation to six quarters of land. Besides his farming practices, George for a number of years did such things as welding and clearing bush, both on his own farm, as well as for others in the community.
In 1975, George and Kaye purchased a lot in Strasbourg and constructed a new home where they retired.
George was active with the Royal Canadian Legion, spending time renovating and maintaining the Memorial Hall. George was a member of the Hong Kong Veterans Association and seldom missed a convention.
Through the years George had many favorite pastimes: welding, yard work, pool, cards, travelling, photography, and especially using the video camera and storytelling to family and friends.
George was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by numerous family and friends. Predeceased by one son Lorne, on granddaughter Yvette, one daughter-in-law Ann and all his siblings. He leaves to mourn Kaye, his loving wife of 61 years; four sons Dale, Derry (Joan), Lane, and Brett (Anita); five daughters Lona (Lawrence) Bolding, Avis (Richard) Horning, Alva (Mike) Shumate, Bonnie (Peter) Frostad, and Eunice Kobylansky (John Kleinsasser); 23 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. We give thanks for the life of George Belcourt.
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