OTTAWA, Dec. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today recognized the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong.
"As we mark the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, it is our duty to remember the
brave Veterans and those who gave their lives in service to help
protect Canada's values of liberty, democracy and the rule of law,"
said Minister Blaney. "Today, we pay tribute to all the men and women
who sacrificed so much and whose legacy is the peace and security we
continue to enjoy as Canadians."
Approximately 1,975 Canadians, from units that included the Winnipeg
Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada, participated in this 18-day
Second World War battle. The Allied defenders at Hong Kong, vastly
outnumbered, had no choice but to finally surrender on Christmas Day,
1941. Approximately 290 Canadians lost their lives in the fighting.
The remaining Canadian troops were held as prisoners of war (POWs) for
more than three and a half years. The prisoners endured cruel and
desperate conditions and the harsh treatment led to some 267 additional
In the end, more than 1,050 Canadians were killed or wounded in the
Battle of Hong Kong and its aftermath.
On August 15, 1945, the Second World War finally came to an end in the
Far East, but it would be December of that year before many of the
surviving Canadians finally returned home.
For more information on Canada's contribution in Hong Kong, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs