Manitoba Branch

Box 381 Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6


July/August/September, 2000

Editor: Carol Hadley, (204) 837-6754

Email:  cahadley@videon.wave.ca


Summer 2000!

            What a wonderful summer … if really started in March this year.  For some avid golfers, they only missed golfing in January and February.  Not bad for the frozen North!!  Your Executive, sincerely hope you have a wonderful summer with loads of  "R & R".


President's Report

- George Peterson

The transfer of various responsibilities of the Manitoba Branch of our Hong Kong Veterans' Association to our Commemorative Association, I am very happy to report is well in hand.  The Commemorative executive and all of their members are willing and very able to do anything for us.  I personally have no qualms as to their abilities to take over the majority of our responsibilities.  They deserve and have earned our everlasting gratitude.  Thank you.

By the time you read this - the annual inspection of the Winnipeg Grenadier cadet Corps will be over.  It is to be held Sunday, June 4.  I plan to attend on your behalf to present the Hong Kong Veterans' Trophy.

The regular luncheon at Rae & Jerry's restaurant has been well attended with at times up to 19 in attendance.  We would like to see you there.  Don't forget our next General meeting on June 15th, 2000 at John Osborn ANAF.  We would like to see you there also.

We are trying to organize a golf game again this year, so dust off your golf clubs & come on out.  The game will be played at Oakwood Golf Course on Hwy #1 just west of Richer Manitoba.  Prices for a senior are around $20.00 for green fees and a cart to ride on.  Food and beer, etc is available at reasonable prices also.  Please phone me at 256-7174 as soon as possible if you would like to play.

I would like to thank Mrs. Thom for the pictures of 13th platoon of D Company.  We greatly appreciate them.


- Juliet Lafortune

Hi All!

Well, with summer here, I am sure you are all busy.  Gardens, cottages and a stroll, all take up our time.   I am asking you to put a little time aside to help us out.  The HKVCA Board is working hard at getting things together for August 2001 amalgamation.  We need more help - just a few minutes of your time can help us with this function.  Please call:  Juliet Lafortune, 338-3354.


Dates to remember ...

VJ Day Remembrance August 13 at 12:30 at All Saints Church, Broadway and Osborne.  Reception to follow.  Please come out and renew acquaintances and meet new ones.


Reunion Dinner, October 21, 2000  - More information to follow at a later date.


HKVCA meetings - June 27, July 11 at 7 PM at John Osborn, ANAF - Ellice and Empress


Thank you for taking the time to read this - for time is the most valuable asset we have.

Winnipeg Grenadiers Hong Kong Trust Fund

We are still seeking donations for the Winnipeg Grenadiers Hong Kong Trust Fund and cheques should be made out in that name (not HKVA).

Contributions can be directed to Donna Remillard at 303‑740 Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB R3N 1Y3 or phone her at 489-0008.

Notes from Barry Mitchell, Treasurer and Membership


Greetings again to all our members!! The dues and donations have been arriving at a fairly steady rate, but not as promptly as we would like. Reminders have been sent to a number of you who have been hesitating and the response has been a little less than anticipated. If you are wondering whether you are paid up or when your membership is due, please give me a call at home during the evening (269-1497) and I'll bring you up-to-date. The Commemorative membership is growing at a steady rate and we are gratified to find more sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and friends who want to join our organization in order to perpetuate the memory of those who served overseas. All dues are to be sent to P.O. Box 381, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2H6. The Commemorative Association fees are $15.00 per year while membership in the H.K.V.A. is $15.00 for Veterans and $7.50 annually for Associate Membership.


Text Box: He who has never hoped can never despair. - George Bernard Shaw
Short as life is, we make it still shorter by the careless waste of time. - Victor Hugo
Of all the home remedies, a good wife is best - Kin Hubbard

Received a nice note from George Coutts of Melita, Manitoba, who is a pal of Tom Forsyth in Reston, MB. Tom celebrated his 90th birthday in April.  George tells us that he remains active in curling and bowling and is looking forward to getting back into golf and camping. He sends his best wishes and we hope he remains healthy and keeps up his busy schedule…..Appreciated the phone call from Joyce Simcoe along with a generous donation to the Commemorative Association. Her contribution was made in loving memory of her dear husband John and all the other Hong Kong veterans….. Thanks for the note from Gerald McArthur of West St. Paul, Manitoba. Upon his return from sunny Florida, he caught up in all his bookkeeping, including dues for the H.K. Vets and the Commemorative Association…..Appreciate Abram Peters of Winnipeg taking the time to drop us a line. He's paid up in full and well into the future. Sorry his health hasn't been good but he's looking forward to rejoining us at the H.K. lunch very soon…..Glad to see the whole Sinclair gang--Thomas, Cheryl and Karen of St. Andrews MB renew membership in the Commemorative Assoc. Thanks for the note and the hint on our mailing routine…..Sidney Vale sent a note along with his dues to tell us he is about to move to Vernon, British Columbia…..The Commemorative Association welcomes Sheridan Corbeil of Mesa, Arizona. Sheridan's grandfather was Arthur Corbeil and it seems he shared a number of his overseas stories with his family…..Thanks for the note from David and Andrea Adams in Swan River, MB. Glad you enjoy the newsletter---your support is most welcome and I'm sure Carol appreciates your words of encouragement…..Nice to receive a Commemorative Assoc. renewal from Marjorie Lamont of Winnipeg as well as a new membership from her husband Robert. This is a family affair and we welcome all relatives and friends into our Association…..Many thanks to Beverley Baldwin in Fargo, North Dakota, for a generous donation in memory of her father, Lt. George A. Birkett.


That's all for the time being. We enjoy all the notes along with your cheques and money orders. Please keep in touch and we'll do our best to pass along information that we hope is of interest to our membership. Our only source of funds is from your dues and donations, so please keep us in mind.


            Barry M.


**Editor:  After receiving Barry's article, we heard that Tom Forsyth's wife passed away.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to Tom.



One of the exciting things that have happened in the Commemorative has been the development of the website (http://members.xoom.com/hkvca/).  Linda May, Julie Lafortune's daughter, is the custodian, and one of the developers of the site.  A tremendous amount of love and diligence has made this site a marvelous tribute to the courage and fortitude of the Hong Kong Vets.  This site is so great that it has won a couple of awards … Canadian Veteran's Alliance Award of Excellence and the POW*MIA Site Award for Outstanding Dedication to our Abandoned Brothers and Sisters.  If you have access to a computer, please check it out - I don't think you will be disappointed. 

Another exciting event is the online meetings we have monthly.  Different issues and concerns are addressed and exchanges of ideas are shared. There are about a dozen members and/or executive from various regions across Canada that are involved in these meetings.  It is a terrific way of communicating and the airfare is reasonable.

Membership renewals  ($15.00) are now due and can be sent to Barry Mitchell, 22 Tunis Bay, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2X1 .  Widows of Hong Kong Vets are exempt. 

Crests ($18.00) for blazers are available.  This is the new Associations crest - it is professionally made, similar to the military crests and has a 5 - 7 week delivery on it. 

Monument HK markers ($48.00) are available.   These are mounted on the gravestone - the marker is metal and coated in heavy-duty red enamel with white HK emblazoned on it.  The package has a registration inside that should be sent to Ottawa to be archived. 

The crests and markers can be purchased from Lora Wachtendorf (1-204-388-6536).

Last Post

We were saddened to hear:


U      Norman Broome passed away October 20, 1999

U      Roland Dube passed away November 13, 1999

U      Gerald Gunson passed away December 26, 1999

U      Cecil Fines passed away December 26, 1999

U      Andrew McAuley passed away February 24, 2000

U      William Laidlaw passed away March 20, 2000

U      Theodore Schultz passed away April 11, 2000

U      Wilbert Lynch passed away April 20, 2000


Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved families and friends.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

We Will Remember Them


I receive humorous items from all over … the following is contributed by Sheridan Corbeil, Meza, AZ:

Motherhood ~ If it was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor!

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 The smartest advice on raising children is to enjoy them while they are still on your side.

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 The best way to keep kids at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and to let the air out of the tires.

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  The right temperature in a home is maintained by warm hearts, not by hot heads.

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  The joy of motherhood - the time when all the children are finally in bed.

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  Cleaning your house while your kids are at home is like trying to shovel  the driveway during a snowstorm.

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 Oh to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.

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1.  Peace of mind

2.  Peace of heart

3.  Peace of soul


1.  Squash gossip

2.  Squash indifference

3.  Squash grumbling

4.  Squash selfishness


1.  Lettuce be faithful

2.  Lettuce be kind

3.  Lettuce be patient

4.  Lettuce really love one another


1.  Turnip for meetings

2.  Turnip for service

3.  Turnip to help one another


1.  Thyme for each other

2.  Thyme for family

3.  Thyme for friends

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.

There can be a lot of fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.

                        J         J         J         J


Funeral Procession


A woman was leaving a 7-11 with her morning coffee when she noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.

A long black hearse was followed by a second, long black hearse about 50 feet behind. Behind the second hearse was a solitary woman walking a pit bull on a leash. Behind her were 200 women walking single file.

The woman couldn't stand her curiosity. She respectfully approached the woman walking the dog and said:

"I am so sorry for your loss and I know now is a bad time to disturb you, but I've never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?"

The woman replied: "Well, that first hearse is for my husband."


"What happened to him?"

The woman replied: "My dog attacked and killed him."

She inquired further: "Well, who is in the second hearse?"

The woman answered: "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my husband when the dog turned on her."

A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passes between the two women.

"Can I borrow that dog?"

"Get in line."

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Text Box: FROM ONTARIO Branch …

Their eldest member - Charlie Rame -  has reached the age of 98!!  He attributes his longevity to this recipe - 2 rye whiskeys a day! - Well Done Charlie!
Former American Prisoners of War have filed a lawsuit in the California Courts seeking compensation and an apology from Japanese companies, which they claim, forced them into slave labour in the Second World War.  A second suit was filed on behalf of civilians, POWs and their heirs in a group representing nine countries, including:  Britain, the Philippines, Holland, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Winston Ross Cunningham; Mrs. Fran Hutchinson, wife of Gordon T. Hutchinson; Harold Englehart; Kenneth Dawe; Norman Brook; Arnold Porter; Leslie Stickles; John Lebel; Lionel (Nick) LeCouffe; Lawrence Rattie.
We Will Remember Them




Barry Mitchell asked me to mention that he has new copies of the Winnipeg Grenadiers Roster, also known as the Honour Roll. They can be purchased for $15.00---suitable for framing.

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Do you know who the author is? - U of M paper entitled " A Price, A Pride, A Prayer:  "Hong Kong and the Winnipeg Grenadiers" 

A copy of a draft paper, prepared by a student at the University of Manitoba, was found in a printer and sent to our attention.  We would like to find the author as we are most interested in talking with whoever is studying this subject and with their approval, making this paper available to those who are interested in reading more about the history of the Winnipeg Grenadiers.  Please contact Carol Hadley (837-6754) or Barry Mitchell (269-1497) if you wrote this essay or know who did.

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HKVCA Website


Hello there.  I would like to introduce myself - My name is Linda May, and I am the webmaster for the HKVCA website.  Glorified title for someone who

knows a little about computers, and does a lot of work for free.... well, except chocolate chip cookies.  If you haven't checked out the website yet, give it a look at http://members.xoom.com/hkvca    We will be making a few changes and additions in the next little while.  Look for a Who's Who section - and learn a bit about the people who make up the regional and national board of directors.  Check the page often, it is constantly being updated and changed to make it better.  If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see, feel free to contact me.  You can phone me at 905-777-0184 or email me at mailto: lindaandbill@home.com


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Sunday June 4th, 2000 was the Annual Ceremonial Review of 526 RCACC Winnipeg Grenadier Cadet Corps at Minto Armories.  An award was presented to RSM Keeper (Most Efficient Cadet) by George Peterson on behalf of the HKVA.  Harry Atkinson's nephew presented an award to the Most Efficient Cadet, in memory of Harry's brother.


Sunday June 25th, 2000, George Peterson will lay a wreath at Brookside cemetery at 2 pm in honour of the Korean Veterans.


Sunday, September 10th, 2000 at 2 pm at Brookside cemetery, George Peterson will participate in the Veteran's Memorial Ceremony, honouring our fallen veterans and military personnel.  A reception will follow at ANAF Unit #283 at 3584 Portage Avenue.


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An item has come to our attention that we need to share with our members.  An HK grave marker was  purchased to place on a military stone at Brookside cemetery.  The purchaser approached the maintainers of the cemetery to apply the HK marker and was informed that the marker could not be placed on the stone.  This direction is coming from Last Post Committee who finance the maintenance of the military section and wish to keep the uniformity of the section.  Therefore we caution families to check first.


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The semi annual meeting, June 15th, 2000 was very poorly attended.  We just had a quorum so we were able to proceed with the meeting.  A decision was made to move the December meeting up one week to accommodate the holiday.  So mark your calendar for December 14th , 2000 for the meeting.

The President welcomed Lillian Bjornson, sister of George Townsend, H 6135.  She attended the meeting in hope of  talking and meeting some of the fellows who knew her brother.  She and her daughter had just recently been to Japan to see her brother's grave.


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Mrs. Van Raes is progressing well after her hip replacement.  Emile Van Raes spent a couple of months in St. Boniface Hospital and will go to a care home.  


Monthly lunches are held the second Thursday of the month (except June and December) at Rae & Jerry's Restaurant on Portage Avenue near Polo Park.  June 15th , and December 14th , 2000 - the semi-annual meetings are held at John Osborn, ANAF on Ellice and Empress.


Sunday June 25th, 2000, George Peterson will lay a wreath at Brookside cemetery at 2 pm in honour of the Korean Veterans.


VJ DAY will be held Sunday, August 13, 2000 at 12:30 hrs at All Saints Church on Broadway.  Parking is allowed at Great West Life.  Light refreshments will follow.


Sunday, September 10th, 2000 at 2 pm at Brookside cemetery, George Peterson will participate in the Veteran's Memorial Ceremony, honouring our fallen veterans and military personnel.  A reception will follow at ANAF Unit #283 at 3584 Portage Avenue.


REUNION - October 21, 2000 - more info to come.

Your Executive



George Peterson, President                          256-7174

Borge Agerbak, 1st Vice                                897-3213

            Roy Robinson, Sick Visiting                         256-3756

Carol Hadley, Secrtry/Newsletter                837-6754

Barry Mitchell, Treasurer/Membership    269-1497

Juliet Lafortune, Social                                 338-3354

Terence Jackson, Memorials                       452-1460

Harold Atkinson, Nat=l President     1-613-392-8074