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Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by CNR troop train, picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver, arriving in Vancouver on Oct 27 at 0800 hrs.
The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the local soldiers that were with Brigade Headquarters from Winnipeg to BC travelled on a CPR train to Vancouver.
All members embarked from Vancouver on the ships AWATEA and PRINCE ROBERT. AWATEA was a New Zealand Liner and the PRINCE ROBERT was a converted cruiser. "C" Company of the Rifles was assigned to the PRINCE ROBERT, everyone else boarded the AWATEA. The ships sailed from Vancouver on Oct 27th and arrived in Hong Kong on November 16th, having made brief stops enroute at Honolulu and Manila.
Equipment earmarked for 'C' Force use was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced.
On arrival, all troops were quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.
We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. For a detailed description of the battle from a Canadian perspective, visit Canadian Participation in the Defense of Hong Kong (published by the Historical Section, Canadian Military Headquarters).
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|Site Description||Location||Province||Map Reference||Lat/Long||Date|
|McCorrister Lake||Tadoule Lake, Manitoba, southwest of||Manitoba||64 J/03||58 05' 05"; 99 26' 37"||1975|
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|1941-12-19||Missing In Action|
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|Cape Collinson Road Chai Wan Hong Kong China||Sai Wan Memorial||Column 26.||NA|
Officially reported as killed in action at Hong Kong, Pte. Mervin McCorrister is the son of Mr. Mrs. James McCorrister, 567 Notre Dame Ave.
Born in Portage in Prairie, he was educated there and in Winnipeg. He joined the Fort Garry Horse in 1939 and transferred to the Grenadiers the same year. Prior to going to Hong Kong, he served in the West Indies.
He has three brothers in the armed forces overseas: Pte. James Finlay, Ordnance Corps; Pte. Wilfred Edgar, P.P.C.L.I.; Pte. Leslie Ernest, P.P.C.L.I. Another brother Lloyd, is in the navy, and a younger brother, Don, is at home.
Pte. McCorrister also has three sisters, Eileen and Edith at home, and Mrs. J. Moyse. The Winnipeg Tribune January 8 1943
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