Individual Report: H6711 George AULD

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private George Nicol
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
St. James MB Manitoba 1919-07-07
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Section 2ic B

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

No record of hospital visits found.

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 Aug 15
JP-Os-3BOeyamaKyoto-fu, Yosa-gun, Yoshizu-mura, Sutsu, JapanNippon Yakin Nickel Mine & RefineryMining nickel & work at the refinery43 Sep 0145 Sep 02

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD4AManryu Maru43 Aug 1543 Sep 01Osaka, JapanBrief stopover in Taihoku (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); then 2 day stopover at northern point for stool testsTony 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
1963-08-24Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Winnipeg Manitoba CanadaChapel Lawn CemeteryYes

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

AULD - In loving memory of George who passed away thirty years ago, August 24, 1963. Those we LOVE don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard and always near, Never forgotten, always here. You will always be in our memories, Marg, Doug, Marilyn, Greg and families.

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General Comments

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Picture taken 1939 Jamaica. Submitted by son Doug Auld January 2017

George Nicol Auld was born July 7, 1919 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was raised at 359 Queen Street and had one sister (Isobel) and one brother (James). Dad worked delivering groceries for a corner store prior to enlisting in the army. After enlisting Dad's training included time in Jamaica. Once the training was considered complete by the Government (later disputed as being lacking), the Winnipeg Grenadiers along with the Royal Rifles of Canada were shipped out from Vancouver October 27, 1941 on the troop ship Awatea. The merchant cruiser, Prince Robert, also carried approximately 100 soldiers to Hong Kong.

The Winnipeg Grenadiers were freed from their prison camp in 1945. Those that survived returned home and Dad was discharged on April 8, 1946. In talking to our Mother, she recalled that her first date with our Dad was the same day that he was discharged. You have to assume that there was a big party to celebrate!

Mom and Dad were married February 22, 1947 and they were together for 17 years. Dad worked for the Canadian National Railway after returning home from Hong Kong. They had 3 children, Douglas, Marilyn and Gregory. There was a lot of love in our family and as kids we had the freedom to explore and develop. Mom and Marilyn have remained in Manitoba over the years while Doug (and wife Donna) live in Ontario. Greg (and wife Darlene) live in Alberta. Mom is a hearty 90+ years today and she is still going strong. She has 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and very proud of them all.

Dad was not a well man as a result of his time spent in the labour camps of Hong Kong. He suffered his first aneurism in May of 1959. It was determined that his poor health was the direct result of the malnutrition experienced overseas. He had surgery in June of 1959 and it was determined at that time that his life expectancy was day to day. As children we were not aware of the seriousness of Dad's condition. Dad died August 24, 1963.

Today, we have fond memories of our life together as a family. We will always be thankful for the sacrifice that was put forth in the past (and present day) to help make the world a safer place.

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Report generated: 14 Jun 2024.

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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.
  5. In most cases the rank displayed was the rank held before hostilities. Some veterans were promoted at some point prior to eventual post-war release from the army back in Canada. When notified of these changes we'll update the individual's record.
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