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John Joseph Fitzpatrick

In memory of:

Corporal John Joseph Fitzpatrick

December 22, 1941
Stanley Mound, Hong Kong

Military Service

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Royal Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.


Honors and Awards: Mentioned in the Order of the Day Commendation(s): 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

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Mentioned in Despatches

Additional Information


January 6, 1923
Québec, Quebec


October 23, 1939
St. Vallier, Quebec

Baptized John Joseph Bigaouette-Fitzpatrick. Son of Walter Bigaouette-Fitzpatrick and Yvonne Pépin dit Lachance of Québec.

Brother of Rifleman Charles Joseph Fitzpatrick, who died as a prisoner of war in Japan while serving with the Royal Rifles of Canada.

Enrolled on June 1st, 1938 in the 94th Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery - NPAM - regimental number 2025, transferred to the regular forces of this regiment on October 23rd, 1939, transferred on July 16th, 1940 to the 1st Battalion of the Royal Rifles of Canada, regimental number E-21822, served in Québec, in Newfoundland with the W Force, in Hong Kong with the C Force.

Commemorated on Page 30 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

Column 23.


This SAI WAN MEMORIAL honours over 2,000 men of the land forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who died in the defence of Hong Kong during the Second World War. The SAI WAN MEMORIAL is in the form of a shelter building 24 metres long and 5.5 metres wide. It stands at the entrance to Sai Wan Bay War Cemetery, outside Victoria, the capital of Hong Kong. From the semi-circular forecourt, two wide openings lead to the interior of the building. The names are inscribed on panels of Portland stone. The dedicatory inscription reads:

1939 - 1945 The officers and men whose memory is honoured here died in the defence of Hong Kong in December 1941 and in the ensuing years of captivity and have no known grave.

The northern side of the Memorial is open and four granite piers support the copper roof. From a commanding position 305 metres above sea level, it looks out over the War Cemetery where some 1,500 men lie buried, and across the water to Mainland China - a magnificent view of sea and mountains. The Cape Collinson area has many cemeteries. Walking up this narrow one-way traffic road, one will pass the Catholic Cemetery situated on the hillside to the left of the road, and the Hong Kong Military Cemetery on the right. Sai Wan War Cemetery is about half way up Cape Collinson Road and faces the Muslim and Buddhist cemeteries. One can also get a taxi from Chai Wan Terminus and follow the same route. Alternatively, one can board a public light bus, Route No.16M, which runs from Chai Wan MTR Terminus to Stanley. En route to Stanley the minibus will pass Sai Wan War Cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Corporal JOHN JOSEPH FITZPATRICK is one of 20 members of the Royal Rifles of Canada, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps who are commemorated on this panel of the Sai Wan Memorial.  He was one of 290 Canadian soldiers killed during the defense of Hong Kong, from December 8th to December 25th, 1941.
  • Inscription– Dedicatory inscription of the SAI WAN MEMORIAL.  This memorial  bears the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen, including 228 Canadians.
  • Newspaper clipping– Corporal JOHN JOSEPH FITZPATRICK was reported as Killed In Action in the Canadian Army's 242nd overseas casualty list  of the war published in the Globe and Mail on January 8, 1943.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Memoriam to Charles and John  Fitzpatrick– Memoriam to John Joseph and Charles Joseph Fitzpatrick
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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