Individual Report: H6685 Thomas SINCLAIR

1st Bn The Winnipeg Grenadiers

Red River Métis

General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Corporal Thomas Henry
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
Lockport MB Manitoba 1907-10-15
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
Cook HQ Coy Coy HQ

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

No wounds recorded.

Hospital Information

No record of hospital visits found.

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrival Date Departure Date
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island41 Dec 2041 Dec 22
HK-AS-01Argyle StreetKowloon, Hong Kong41 Dec 22Dec 26
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 43 Jan 19
JP-To-3DTsurumiYokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, JapanNippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi ShipyardsVariety of jobs related to ship building943 Jan 1945 Apr 16
JP-Se-4B OhashiIwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, JapanNippon Steel Company13445 Apr 1645 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanBoarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to campTony Banham

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
1982-11-24Post War
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Saint Andrews Manitoba CanadaSt. Andrews Anglican Cemetery

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

On Wednesday November 24th 1982 at the health sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Mr. Thomas H Sinclair, aged 75 years, a lifelong resident of Lockport, Manitoba, dearly beloved husband of Vera Sinclair.

Born at Lockport, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbert Sinclair, Tom had lived there all his life. He was employed with the Department of Public Works for 25 years, retiring in 1972 as superintendent of the Saint Andrews Lock and Dam. He was also a dedicated lifelong member of the Parish of St Andrews serving as the Rector's warden for the past two years.

Tom served as a sergeant with the Winnipeg Grenadier during the Second World War in Jamaica and Hong Kong. He was a he was a prisoner of the Japanese from the fall of Hong Kong until hostilities ended in 1945. He joined the Royal Canadian Legion and the Hong Kong veterans association in 1949. His service to the legion and to the veterans was recognized by the Selkirk Branch with the award of the legions highest award, the meritorious service award in 1969. In 1978 the Manitoba and Northwest Ontario command of the Royal Canadian Legion awarded him the meritorious service medal at gain. At that time the citation recognized his services at command level as an active member of many committees, including organization and planning, Sharon circus, finance and legislation. His major contribution to the welfare of veterans and the community were made on the hospital facilities committee, responsible for liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding Deer Lodge hospital and the special projects committee which approved all charitable donations at command level. He was dedicated to the quality of life for veterans and in particular the preservation of Deer Lodge hospital as a veteran's hospital.

Tom was a member of the Constitution and Laws Committee of Command for many years and chairman of that committee for most of that time.

Tom held the office of Chairman of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario Command of the Legion from 1969 until 1979, when he became an Honorary President of the Command.

In 1976 the Dominion Convention of the Legion was held in Winnipeg to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Legion in Winnipeg. Tom served for three years as co-chairman of the Convention Arrangements Committee to host the largest convention ever held by the Royal Canadian Legion at that time. The citation concluded with these words- the Command Council knows of no case where Commander Sinclair has not given his best over the years and he has never spared himself in carrying out his many Legion activities.

His service to the legion continued until the day of his death.

Left surviving besides his beloved wife Vera are his two sons, Del and wife Mary of Lockport, Kenneth and wife Joan of St Andrews, one daughter Merrill Stralow of Saint Andrews, one brother Ray of Selkirk and Mary of Lockport, Kenneth and wife Joan of St Andrews, one daughter Merrill Stralow of Saint Andrews, one brother Ray of Selkirk and two sisters, Dorothy Hawes of Lockport and Mary Sutherland of St Andrews, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and many good and close friends. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Jim Stralow in 1973.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 27th at 1:30 p.m. in the Saint Andrew's Anglican Church, Saint Andrews, Manitoba with Reverend Robert Brownlee officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot in the churchyard.

The honorary pallbearers will be Robert Smellie, Alex Nicol, Art Baker, Charlie Gissner, Dave Veitch, Steve Oliver and the members of the Vestry of the parish. The active pallbearers will be Lorne Larter, Dick Stralow, Bill Sinclair, George Gallant, Mike Burzuik, Clarence Truthwaite, Scott Sinclair and Mike Halipchuk. Members of the Legion will form a guard of honour and hold great gravesite rights.

The Gilbert Funeral Home, Selkirk is in care of arrangements.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends so wishing May contribute to Tom's memory to the St. Andrew's Church Memorial Fund, care of the St. Thomas Rectory, Lockport Manitoba.


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General Comments

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Sergeant T. H. Sinclair - A resident of Lockport, Manitoba, Sergeant Sinclair was with the Grenadiers at Hong Kong. His wife and three children are living at Lockport.

Picture & caption from Face Book Page- Operation Picture Me- Hong Kong [scanning from Winnipeg Tribune] by David Archer, 2016

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Report generated: 25 Mar 2023.

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