|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Company Quartermaster Sergeant||B||Coy HQ|
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).
|Date Wounded||Wound Description||References|
|Name of hospital||Date of admission||Date of discharge||Comments||Reference|
|Camp ID||Camp Name||Location||Company||Type of Work||Reference||Arrive||Depart|
|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||45 Apr 16|
|JP-Se-4B||Ohashi||Iwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, Japan||Nippon Steel Company||134||45 Apr 16||45 Sep 15|
|Draft Number||Name of Ship||Departure Date||Arrival Date||Arrival Port||Comments||Reference|
|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|
No information found.
1995 Remembrance Day
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Burnaby BC Canada||Ocean View||Yes|
LAIDLAW — William Elgin born 23 July,1912 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away 20th March. 2000. He was 87years of age. Survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Bev; daughters, Kerry (Rob) and Robyn, son, Jim; as well as grandchildren, Erin, Shannon, Ian and great-grandson Matthew. Also survived by brother Douglas (Calgary), brother-in-law Hec Moir(Kelowna), sister-in-law Bunny (Richmond) and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was a long-time member of The Hong Kong Veterans Association and as a Sgt. Of the Winnipeg Grenadiers, fought in WWII and was a P>O>W> for 4 years in Japan. Bill worked for 35 years with Canada Customs as Superintendent of the Waterfront and various locations during his customs career. He retired from Canada Customs in 1975. Flowers gratefully declined. A graveside service to be held at Ocean View Cemetery. 1:30 pm Friday, March 24th, 2000. Rev. Sylvia Cleland officiating.
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WE Laidlaw Wedding September 1948
As was the case with many others, Winnipeg born and raised William E. (Bill) Laidlaw returned from the Japanese prisoner of war camps with a number of health issues that affected him throughout his life. Despite these challenges, he married, helped raise three children, supported his aging parents, and had a successful career in federal government service. While life wasn't always easy, he never complained. Bill Laidlaw eventually retired in the mid-1970s, and devoted this time to his family, golf, reading and travel. There were many adventures (to New Zealand, Bermuda, Alaska, the United Kingdom and travels across Canada), but Bill's (and his wife Bev's) favorite spot on the map was Hawaii, where they were frequent visitors.
Throughout his life, Bill Laidlaw looked forward to, and attended (whenever possible), the Hong Kong Veterans meetings and conventions. He was keenly interested in keeping in touch with his old comrades, and remained close friends with several of these veterans, right to the end. They were truly his second family.
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