Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 13, 2009 13:06 ET

Media Advisory: Minister to Unveil Memorial Wall Honouring Veterans of the Battle of Hong Kong

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will dedicate the "C" Force Memorial Wall to honour all those who served in the Battle of Hong Kong during the Second World War. Veterans of the battle will be in attendance.

Location: King Edward Avenue and Sussex Drive (east of King Edward on
National Capital Commission property)

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009

Time: 11:00 a.m.

During the Second World War, Canada sent a force of 1,976 to help the British reinforce their outpost in Hong Kong to deter hostile action by Japan. The force consisted of two battalions - the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada. Over 17 days of fighting in December 1941, 290 Canadians were killed and another 493 were wounded. Those who survived were held in prisoner of war camps until the end of the war on August 15, 1945.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications