|Rank:||First Name:||Second Name:|
|From:||Enlistment Region:||Date of Birth (y-m-d):|
|Victoria BC||British Columbia||1919-09-10|
|Despatch Rider||Brigade Headquarters|
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||Arrive||Depart|
|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-To-6B||Suwa||Nagono-ken, Suwa-gun, Kitayama-mura, Japan||Nippon Steel Tube & Mining Company||Labour at an open-pit iron ore mine||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|
From the records of Gene Labiuk: USS OZARK via San Francisco.
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|Image||Name of Award||Abbreviation||References||Precedence||Comments|
|Military Medal||MM||37, 38, 123||08||Citation not found|
|Date of Death (y-m-d)||Cause of Death||Death Class||Death Ref|
|Cemetery Location||Cemetery||Grave Number||Gravestone Marker|
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Lionel Curtis Speller, MM, age 86, passed away Sunday, A5riI 30, 2006 at the Lodge at Broadmead. Lionel was born in Victoria on September 10, 1919 to Alexander and Melville Speller. He was the sixth of eight spirited children and became a keen participant in sports, especially soccer, boxing and motorcycle riding. During World War 11, Lionel was stationed in Hong Kong as a dispatch rider in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals with the Royal Rifles of Canada. He was later awarded the Military Medal for courage and devotion under fire. Lionel was a POW of the Japanese for almost four years, an experience that through its atrocities, forged an everlasting bond with his comrades. In 1952, he married Ida C. Bergstrom, who was his loving support for the rest of his life. They had two swell children. Lionel remained dedicated to his family and his community, and to helping veterans both personally and through his work at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He held several positions with the Hong Kong Veterans Association and the Royal Canadian Legion, and received many service awards, the Legion Meritorious Service Medal and the Palm Leaf being among them. Lionel is survived by his wife, Ida; son, and daughter-in-law, Ross and Wendy of Kamloops; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Arlen Goodwine of Medford, Oregon; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers and one sister; and 23 nieces and nephews. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends. A Legion memorial service with reception to follow will be held Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, 411 Gorge Rd. East. Donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Trafalgar Pro Patria Branch 292 or to the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association. #28451
Read more about RCCS 'C' Force members in Burke Penny's book Beyond the Call published by HKVCA.
'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Second World War Book of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
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