To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Winnipeg Grenadiers



Budvar Peter Olafson


1918/01/01 - Born Manitoba, Canada

Son of John and Olive Olaffson

Winnipeg Grenadiers

1st Battalion

‘B’ Company



1939/09/01 - The regiment was mobilised. The Winnipeg Grenadiers (Machine Gun), CASF and redesignated as the 1st Battalion, The Winnipeg Grenadiers (Machine Gun), CASF

1940/05 - Disembarked Vancouver for service in Jamaica and Bermuda.




1940/11/07 -  The Winnipeg Grenadiers (Machine Gun), CASF, was redesigned as the 1st Battalion, The Winnipeg Grenadiers, CASF.

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 - Wounded and Captured

1941/12/25 - HK-WMH, Hospital

1942/01/22 - Transferred to HK-BMH, Hospital

Manryu Maru

Manryu Maru - 1920 ship named Huftero, renamed Dageid. 1929 renamed Bordvik. Scuttled Java before surrender. 1942/07/11 Japanese salvaged ship and renamed Manryu Maru

1943/08/15 - Transported Manryu Maru to Japan

Fourth Draft with 473 PoWs

Via Taipei, Taiwan

1943/09/01 - Arrived Osaka, Japan

1943/10/03 - Arrive Niigata-shi, Nuttari

Camp Named - Tokyo POW Camp 5B - Niigata

Work involved - Stevedore labour at port of Niigata (Marutsu), primarily foodstuffs; mining coal (Rinko Coal ) and labour at a foundry (Shintetsu)



Age 26


Cause of death Multiple Injuries when Barracks roof collapsed at 2:00 am from thick snow overloading roof, crushing those sleeping below.

Seven other PoWs died due to this incident


Loved Ones

Son of John and Olive Olafson, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada




Cdn. Sec. A.D. 16.




 Olafson Lake, North Knife Lake, Manitoba, northeast of Manitoba



Lillian Roesch

Tony Banham -

Hong Kong Commemorative Association

KEW:- WO 361/1320,


''Our Thanks are for being a Chapter in Life.''




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In Memory of FEPOW Family Loved Ones
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