Individual Report: H77628 John KITTERINGHAM

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private John Howard
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Gladstone MB Manitoba 1921-10-18
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
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.


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

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-BMH07/23/194208/30/1942118

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrive Depart
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong IslandN/AN/A
HK-AS-01Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong KongN/AN/A
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island3342 Jan 2242 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 26 43 Aug 15
JP-To-5B Niigata-RinkoNiigata-ken, Nakakambara-gun, Ogata-mura, JapanMarutsu, Rinko Coal, ShintetsuStevedore labor at port of Niigata (Marutsu), primarily foodstuffs; mining coal (Rinko Coal ) and labor at a foundry (Shintetsu)3, 6, 3443 Sep 0244 Mar 03

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD4BManryu Maru43 Aug 1543 Sep 01Osaka, JapanBrief stopover in Taihoku (Taipei), Formosa (Taiwan); then 2 day stopover at northern point for stool testsTony Banham

Commemorative Feature

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Site Description Location Province Map Reference Lat/Long Date
Kitteringham LakeEgenolf Lake, Manitoba, northeast ofManitoba64 O/0459 14' 59"; 99 38' 52"1975

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1944-03-03Dysentry, Chronic EnteritisDied while POW
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Jido-Yuenchi-Dori Hodogaya JapanYokohama War CemeteryCdn. Sec. A. C. 15.

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

JOHN H. KITTERINGHAM, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. K. Kitteringham, Gladstone, Man, died March 3, 1944, while prisoner of war in Tokyo, according to word received recently by his parents, Born at Headingly in 1923 he attended school at Gladstone. He enlisted in July, 1940, trained at Camp Shilo, and volunteered for service at Hong Kong going overseas with the Winnipeg Grenadiers. Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, William, at Lloydminster, Sask.; Clyde, with the army in Belgium; and three sisters, Mrs. Hochen, Glenella, Man.; Mus. Wekander, Flin Flon; and Betty, training at the Winnipeg General hospital.

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Report generated: 14 Apr 2021.


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