To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Royal Canadian Corps of Signals



Horace Gerrard


1922/01/19 - Born,  Red Deer AB, Alberta

The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Brigade Headquarters

Attd 2 RS



1941 - In the Autumn the British government accepted the Canadian Government's offer, to send two infantry battalions (1,975 personnel) to reinforce the Hong Kong garrison.

‘C’ Force was formed comprising of the  Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers

 1941 - Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by Canadian National Railways picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver.

1941/10/27 - Arrived Vancouver at 0800 hrs.

1941/10/27 -  ‘C’ Force did not have their full equipment as the freighter ‘Don Jose’, was carrying all their vehicles and was diverted to Manila when war began. , sailed   from Vancouver  aboard the Awatea accompanied by Prince Robert. Awatea was a New Zealand Liner and the Prince Robert was a converted cruiser.

1942/11/16 - Arrived Hong Kong where all of ‘C’ Force was quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.

 When the Japanese attacked Hong Kong, ‘C’ Force fought with heavy losses in the Battle for Hong Kong.

1941/12/25 - Hong Kong Surrendered


Japanese PoW

1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong

1942/09/26 - Kowloon, Hong Kong

1943/01/19 - Tatsuta Maru to Japan

1943/01/22 - Arrived Nagasaki, Japan and Boarded train

1943/01/24 - Arrived Tokyo, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to camp

Yokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, Japan

Worked at Nippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi Shipyards, ship building

1945/04/16 - Iwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, Japan

Nippon Steel Company

1945/09/15 - Liberated Home in USS Ozark, via Pearl Habour to San Francisco, then train to Seattle and ferry to Victoria





Lillian Roesch

Tony Banham -

Hong Kong Commemorative Association

KEW:- WO 361/1970, WO 361/1983,


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