Individual Report: H41683 Wilfrid CHABOYER

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

Red River Métis

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Private Wilfrid
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
St. Laurent MB Manitoba 1920-07-16
Appointment: Company: Platoon:

Transportation - Home Base to Hong Kong

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.

Battle Information

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).

Wounded Information

Date Wounded Wound Description References

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-WMH12/25/1941N/ATransferred to BMH

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-SA-01ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong KongCapture42 Jan 22
HK-NP-02North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island3342 Jan 2242 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 26 45 Sep 10

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

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Post-war Photo

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Other Military Service

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Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1990-02-10Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
St Laurent Manitoba CanadaSt. Laurent Roman Catholic Church Cemetery

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

WILFRED CHABOYER - Suddenly on Saturday, February 10, 1990 at his residence in St. Laurent. Wilfred Chaboyer, aged 69, on July 16, 1920 at St. Laurent, he had lived in St. Laurent most of his life. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving overseas with the Winnipeg Grenadiers and was a prisoner of war in Hong Kong. He received the 1939 – 1945 Star, the Pacific Star, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp and the 1939 – 1945 War Medal. He was predeceased by his brother Louis in 1941; brother David in 1945; father Vital in 1950; his wife Juliette in 1953, his stepfather Michael Desjarlais in 1982, his brother Chris in 1987 and his mother Adeline Desjarlais in 1990. He is survived by two sons, Alex and his wife Helen of Headingley, Alfred and wife Cathy of Winnipeg; three daughters, Diane and husband Pat of St. Laurent, Doreen and husband Walter of Narcisse and Lana Schendel of Winnipeg; nine grandchildren, Dean, Shelly and Hollis Chartrand, Damian, Brandee and Jenna Chaboyer, Wallace Wright, Jason and Tyler Schendel; four sisters, Maria Bruce and husband Edgar of St. Laurent, Anne Krainiciuk of Winnipeg, Alice Ducharme and husband David of Winnipeg, Velma Allard and husband Fred of Winnipeg; one brother Emile and wife Cecile of St. Laurent and one sister-in-law Exilia Chaboyer of St. Laurent. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Laurent Roman Catholic Church. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Laurent Roman Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. A. Lemome officiating. Interment to follow in the churchyard cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dean Chartrand, Damian Chaboyer, Wallace Wright, John Krainiciuk, Germaine Bruce and Bob Allad. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the Heart Foundation. “He was a gentle loving man. May God take him in His arms and give him all the love he so richly deserves” REST IN PEACE WE LOVE YOU DAD MacKenzie Funeral Home, Stonewall in care of arrangements.


Wilfrid CHABOYER noted on Selkirk Manitoba Ancestry

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Report generated: 25 Mar 2023.

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