Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Harvey Reginald Lafferty

In memory of:

Rifleman Harvey Reginald Lafferty

December 25, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

B/41445

Age:

21

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Additional Information


Born:

January 1, 1920
St. Catharines, Ontario

Enlistment:

January 14, 1941
Niagara, Ontario

Son of Jacob and Ethel Johnson. of Thorold, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 35 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

SAI WAN WAR CEMETERY
Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

VIII. C. 20.

Location:

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Report– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Rifleman HARVEY REGINALD LAFFERTY was reported to have been Killed in Action in the Canadian Army's 242nd overseas casualty list of the war published in the Globe and Mail on January 8th, 1943.
  • Canadian Casuatlies in the Defence of Hong Kong– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Gravestone– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Merritton Ontario War Memorial
  • Names on the Merriton Ontario War Memorial
  • Grave Marker– Rifleman HARVEY REGINALD LAFFERTY is one 283 Canadian soldiers, 107 of whom are unidentified, who are buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong.  He was one of 290 Canadian soldiers who were killed during the defense of Hong Kong, from December 8th to December 25th, 1941.

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