||Date of Birth (y-m-d):
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.
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).
No wounds recorded.
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|Folster Island||Namaypin Lake, Manitoba, in||Manitoba||64 G/16||57 48' 48"; 98 03' 22"||1995|
Death and Cemetery Information
|Date of Death (y-m-d)
||Cause of Death
|1941-12-19||Missing In Action|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
|Cape Collinson Road Chai Wan Hong Kong China||Sai Wan Memorial||Column 26.||NA|
Obituary / Life Story
Ptes. Herbert and Hector Folster enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Their mother, Mrs. George Folster, came to live in Winnipeg at 123 Dagmar St. shortly before the outbreak of war. They are also survived by two brothers on active service overseas. The Winnipeg Tribune January 8 1943
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