What’s New? New Functionality for the Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead Database

A new functionality was recently added to the Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead database. It is now possible to add a keyword to narrow down a search, and specifically, to identify soldiers who died in the Battle of Hong Kong.

In November of 1941, almost 2,000 members of the Royal Rifles of Canada and the Winnipeg Grenadiers were sent to bolster the British colony’s defences. Soon afterwards, the colony was attacked by the Japanese Empire. Combat losses were heavy: over 290 soldiers died during the battle and 493 were wounded. All the survivors were taken as prisoners of war and during the next four years an additional 300 soldiers would die in captivity. The Battle of Hong Kong began on December 8, 1941 and lasted 17 days. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the battle.

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4 thoughts on “What’s New? New Functionality for the Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead Database

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  2. My dad Died during WW11 February 1945 whenever the Hamilton New Paper mentions every Canadian that Died During WW11 is mentioned alphabetically so far except for my Dad. I have tried the Archives & still no change for years they have him out of order his name is James Herbert Stremble he is listed with the SEE alphabet he is Stremble so is an error made by someone at the Archives, but they said Contact the Army he is buried in Groesbeek Cemetery Holland. I have tried so many times & been told this has been corrected but it has not. Whenever the Lists are published in the News Paper it is never changed so Now I am asking what & how & who do I speak to or write to. I am an 80 yr. old woman, my mother passed 13 yrs ago. I am the only living member of the Stremble Family as far as I know. I was going to take her Ashes to Holland but when I heard the British Rules: yes I can have it done, no Publicity, no Service, I did not even ask. They will pull back the sod at lunch time only Monday to Friday. The email was a copy for all Canadians at this Cemetery there are over 7,000 Canadians Buried at this Cemetery, sad to read their response, very sad. I am ill and would like the record to be alphabetical at least for our News Paper. I live in Hamilton Ontario Too bad my Father Died for the British, kind of lousy treatment to a grown adult. If you can help would you please respond. Thank You Helen Roberts

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