Individual Report: X64 William NUGENT

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Lieutenant William Francis
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Lindsay ON Manitoba 1917-04-16
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Platoon Commander C 14 Plt

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

Date Wounded Wound Description References
41/12/24Wounded in left leg and arm on Bennet's Hill36

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-QMH12/25/194101/20/1942Treatment of wounds - stay for 4 monthsPersonal Letter - Mother

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
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 45 Sep 10
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3343 Aug 1944 May 11
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong20, 3344 May 1145 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Decorations Received

Image Name of Award Abbreviation References Precedence Comments
Military CrossMC37, 38, 12305

MC Citation

Lieutenant Nugent was a platoon commander of the Winnipeg Grenadiers at Hong Kong.

On the night of 24th December 1941 his platoon was in a defensive position on Bennet's Hill when at about 1900 hours the Japanese heavily shelled it with mortar fire for about one hour and then attacked in force, hoping to secure the heights which commanded the only cross Island road left in our hands at this time. His platoon sergeant was seriously wounded as well as two of his remaining non-commissioned officers, and Lieutenant Nugent received a crippling leg wound. In spite of these conditions, he succeeded in driving off the main force of the Japanese attack and, in addition, his platoon inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. Although the platoons on his flanks were driven back by the fierceness of the enemy attack, Lieutenant Nugent held his position until relieved the next day when he was hospitalized. This officer's bravery, leadership and ability in action denied a vital position to the enemy.

Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1970-01-31Post WarNAC, RG24, Vol.12705
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

William Nugent was born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario. He passed away when he was about 53 years old.

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General Comments

At Hong Kong

A week before the 1st battalion, Winnipeg Grenadiers, left for Hong Kong, LIEUT. W. F. NUGENT transfered to the unit from the Cameron Highlanders. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the son of Mrs. R. S. Nugent, Lindsay, Ont.

End of Report.

Report generated: 27 May 2024.

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Additional Notes

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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.
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  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.
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