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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