In November of 1941, almost 2,000 members of the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were sent to bolster the British colony’s defences. Soon afterwards, the colony was attacked by the Japanese Empire. Combat losses were heavy: over 290 soldiers died during the battle and 493 were wounded. All the survivors were taken as prisoners of war and during the next four years an additional 300 soldiers would die in captivity. The Battle of Hong Kong began on December 8, 1941 and lasted 17 days. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the battle.
Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead
New functionality was recently added to the database. It is now possible to add a keyword to narrow down a search, and specifically, to identify soldiers who died in the Battle of Hong Kong. The database can be accessed at: http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/war-dead/index-e.html
Launch of a new Flickr image set: Hong Kong, 1941–1945
The photographs in this set focus on the Canadian prisoners of war liberated from a prison camp at the end of the war. This image set is available at: www.flickr.com/photos/lac-bac/sets/72157627734394912/
Past Flickr image sets include Canadian participation and activities during the First World War, Irish immigration to Canada and immigration and quarantine facilities at Grosse Île. These collections highlight different periods of Canadian history and delineate the stages Canada has faced to become the modern nation it is today. Library and Archives Canada invites visitors to explore its image sets on Flickr.com, and encourages viewers to comment, tag, and share content.
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