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Ronald Edward Atkinson

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Ronald Edward Atkinson

October 8, 1943
Sham Shui Po Camp Hospital, Hong Kong

Military Service

Service Number:







Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C.


Mentioned in dispatches, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


December 23, 1910
West Selkirk, Manitoba


April 22, 1941
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of William Henry Howard Atkinson and Eva Grace Inghram. Husband of Dolores Mae Pearce and father of Dale, Lynwood and Ronelda, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Brother of Harold Angus Martin Atkinson, service number H-41687, Winnipeg Grenadiers, who was also made prisoner of war in Hong Kong.

Ronald Edward served with the 2nd Battalion, Winnipeg Grenadiers – NPAM – service number 891, from 15 to 31 August 1940, then from 1 September 1940 to 16 February 1941, service number 2/2006, as Corporal, before joining the regular forces of that regiment, service number H-6905. He served in Manitoba, in Jamaica with Force Y, in Hong Kong with Force C. He had 1,133 days of service, including 711 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Government of Manitoba named Ronald Atkinson Lake, located north of Wood Lake, in his honour in 1995.

Commemorated on Page 132 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:

VIII. A. 6.


SAI WAN WAR CEMETERY is in the north-east of the island of Hong Kong, in the Chai Wan area, about 11 kilometres from the centre of Victoria, the capital of Hong Kong. At the entrance to the cemetery on Cape Collinson Road stands the memorial to those who died in Hong Kong and have no known grave. From it, the cemetery slopes down towards the sea and originally, the view towards the main land was magnificent. The easiest way to reach the cemetery is by the mass transit railway (MTR) Hong Kong line to Chai Wan Terminus. From the Terminus one can either walk up to the cemetery following Chai Wan Road to the roundabout, turning west into Wan Tsui Road, then south east up Lin Shing Road which leads to Cape Collinson Road. The CWGC road direction sign is fixed to a wall facing down Lin Shing Road. 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 where the CWGC has another cemetery, the Stanley Military Cemetery. En route to Stanley the minibus will pass Sai Wan War Cemetery, stopping only on request.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Ronald and Harry Atkinson with their mother– Harry and Ronald Atkinson at the train station with their mother, Mrs. Eva Linkletter.
  • Grave Marker– Temporary cross on the grave of Lance Corporal Ronald Edward Atkinson, at the Argyle Cemetery before being exhumed and reburied at Sai Wan Cemetery.
  • Newspaper clipping– Family of Ronald Atkinson Winniper paper
  • Photo of Ronald Edward Atkinson– In memory of those who served in Hong Kong during World War 11 and did not come home. Submitted with permission on behalf of the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association by Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of RONALD EDWARD ATKINSON– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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