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The Canadian Role in the Defence of Hong Kong

Canadian Role in the Defence of Hong Kong

Photos by contributor Richard Turcotte - Posted March, 2012

Canadian Role in the Defence of Hong Kong

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
At the Defence of Hong Kong Memorial Wall on the southeast corner of Sussex Drive and King Edward Avenue


Coordinates: N 45 26.325 W 75 41.755

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Plaque Text

In late 1941, 1,975 Canadians arrived in Hong Kong to reinforce the garrison. They fought with courage and determination against overwhelming odds after the Japanese attacked on December 8. Many distinguished themselves under fire, including Company Sergeant-Major John Robert Osborn, who won Canada's first Victoria Cross of the Second World War. During the seventeen-day battle, 290 men died. After the surrender, 267 more perished during long years of harsh captivity. The Canadians' role in the defence of Hong Kong stands as an eloquent expression of their lasting honour.

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> Posted November 10, 2016
Wondering if anyone can post a picture of a large rock in a city park in Ottawa, Ontario. It has the names of Canadian soldiers and paratroopers that fought in WWII D-Day. Thanks so much.
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