File 001 - Battle of Hong Kong

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Battle of Hong Kong

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CA ETRC P997-003-02-001

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  • Dec. 1941-Jan. 1942 (Creation)

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2 textual records.

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The file consists of a letter by James Barnett about the battle at St. Stephens College Hospital in Stanley, in Hong Kong, during World War II, dated 1941 and an issue of the Montreal Standard that includes a profile the Heroes of Hong Kong, dated 1942. The documents provide information on the siege laid by Japanese troops to St. Stephens College Hospital where the Royal Rifles of Canada were established as well as published photographs of the Royal Rifles. Included among the officers shown in the photographs are: W. B. C. LeBoutillier, J. C. Gavey, E. E. Denison, M. A. Parker, C. A. Young, F. T. Atkinson, W. J. Home, J. H. Price, T. G. MacAulay, D. C. M., H. L. Lamb, W. A. Bishop, C. Baillarge, J. Barnett, K. R. Strang, P. L. MacDougall, W. A. B. Royal, F. G. Power, C. A. Blaver, W. E. Tulk, S. M. Banfill, W. F. Clarke, H. C. Laxson, R. F. Thorn, C. E. Price, F. D. Ross, J. S. McHarg, W. S. Fry, F. H. Royal, Ian Breakey, C. D. Johnston, F. N. Lyster, E. N. Denison, A. R. S. Woodside, R. E. Simons, J. F. Ross and G. M. Williams.

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The letter has been damaged by water and mice.

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The issue of the Montreal Standard was donated by Wilma Foyle in 2012.


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A transcription of the letter is available in the Old Library. Some of the documents are also available in digital format.

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Researchers may also consult The Royal Rifles of Canada in Hong Kong (D 767 352H6R60) and Guest of Hirohito (D 805 J3C34) in Bishop's Old Library.

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