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Roy Valentine Fifer

In memory of:

Private Roy Valentine Fifer

July 17, 1944
Camp Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Military Service

Service Number:







Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C.


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

Additional Information


July 2, 1922
Winnipeg, Manitoba


September 10, 1941
Brandon, Manitoba

Son of Jack Fifer and Ruth Alice Leoch (alias Dorothy Ruth McKay), of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Enlisted June 1st, 1939 in the 58th Heavy Battery - NPAM - Royal Canadian Artillery, regimental number 9098, transferred on the 2nd to the 5th Heavy Battery and discharged from the army on the 4th because of his youth. He was re-enlisted on September 10th, 1941 in the 59th Field Battery, transferred to the 1st Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers on October 20th, 1941 to serve in Hong Kong with "C" Force. He had 1,042 days of service, including 994 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Fifer Lake, located southwest of York Factory, in his honor in 1964.

Commemorated on Page 304 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. B. 12.


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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  • Photo of ROY VALENTINE FIFER– 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.
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