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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).
|Camp ID||Camp Name||Location||Company||Type of Work||Reference||Arrival Date||Departure Date|
|HK-NP-01||North Point||North Point, Hong Kong Island||13||41 Dec 20||41 Dec 22|
|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 Aug 15|
|JP-To-5B||Niigata-Rinko||Niigata-ken, Nakakambara-gun, Ogata-mura, Japan||Marutsu, Rinko Coal, Shintetsu||Stevedore labor at port of Niigata (Marutsu), primarily foodstuffs; mining coal (Rinko Coal ) and labor at a foundry (Shintetsu)||4, 5, 34||43 Sep 02||45 Sep 05|
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|XD4B||Manryu Maru||43 Aug 15||43 Sep 01||Osaka, Japan||Brief stopover in Taihoku (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); then 2 day stopover at northern point for stool tests||Tony Banham|
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|Vancouver British Columbia Canada|
H6754 McCARTHY - Passed away in hospital on January 21, 1985. George Thomas McCarthy of Vancouver, aged 75 years. Survived by his loving wife, Helen; 1 son, Robert. Vancouver; 4 sisters, Minnie, May and Lil of B.C. and Clara of Quebec; 3 brothers, Billy, Charlie of California, and Jerry of Manitoba.
George served in the Second World War with the Winnipeg Grenadiers and was a Hong Kong Veteran. Funeral service, Saturday, January 26 at 11 a.m. in the CHAPEL OF CHIMES. Harron Brothers Ltd., 55 East 10th Avenue, Vancouver (Between Main and Cambie Street). Rev. George B. Fee officiating. Cremation.
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Sergeant George McCarthy was not a "Stevedore" as mentioned above while at Niigata POW camp....he did a brief stint at the Rinko Coal Yards and after this he was the Camp Carpenter.
"When I was first at Rinko I worked in the coal yards for about two weeks until I became sick with dysentery and beri beri. I did no work for a month, after which I was given the job of camp carpenter, and although I was moved to the other camps, as stated above, I kept the job of carpenter in each camp, and I was carpenter at Camp5B when liberated."
Sergeant George T. McCarthy - A native of Portage la Prairie, but latterly a resident of Winnipeg, Sergeant McCarthy joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers in November, 1939, and was in the West Indies with the unit before going to Hong Kong. His wife resides at 643 Maryland Street.
Picture & caption from Face Book Page- Operation Picture Me- Hong Kong [scanning from Winnipeg Tribune] by David Archer, 2016
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