Hong Kong Memorial Stone

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-076

Type: Pink granite rock with bronze plaque

Address: Sussex Drive at King Edward Avenue

Location: North East corner of Sussex Drive and King Edward Avenue

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.4385043   Long: -75.6959969

Contributor: Richard Turcotte

This memorial rock and plaque is situated next to the Hong Kong Memorial Wall and describes the Canadian role in the defence of Hong Kong. The memorial was erected by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, unveiled approximately on August 15, 2009. It is dedicated to all Canadians who participated and made the sacrifice of their lives in the defence of Hong Kong during the Second World War.

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[first column/première colonne]

THE CANADIAN ROLE INTHE
DEFENCE OF HONG KONG

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.

[second column/deuxième colonne]

LE RÔLE DES CANADIENS DANS LA
DÉFENSE DE HONG KONG

À la fin de 1941, 1975 Canadiens débarquèrent
à Hong Kong pour renforcer la garnison. À la
suite de l`attaque japonaise du 8 décembre,
démunis, ils se battirent avec courage et
détermination. Beaucoup se distinguèrent
au feu, dont le sergent-major de compagnie
John Robert Osborn, premier canadien à se mériter la Croix de Victoria lors de la
Seconde Guerre mondiale. au cours de cette
bataille de 17 jours, 290 hommes furent
tus. Après la reddition, 267 autres périrent
victimes d`une longue et dure captivité. Le
rôle des Canadiens dans la défense de Hong
Kong témoigne avec éloquence de leur
impérissable honneur.

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(same text translated in Chinese / même texte traduit en chinois)

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