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Morris Delaney

In memory of:

Rifleman Morris Delaney

January 4, 1942

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

E/29123

Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Citation(s):

1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, Defence Medal Hong Kong Bar.

Additional Information


Born:

September 12, 1922
New Carlisle, Quebec

Enlistment:

July 8, 1940
Québec, Quebec

Baptized Ernest Maurice Delaney.

Son of Ernest Augustus Delaney and Mary Rose Harvey, of New Carlisle, Bonaventure, Québec. He had declared to be born on June 28th, 1921 and spelled his first name "Morris" when he enlisted. Brother of Opal, Hudson, Earl, Robert, Jack, Leonard, Bessie, Mary, Freda and Walter.

Enrolled in the 1st Pioneer Battalion, Royal Canadian Engineer, transferred July 22nd, 1940 to the 1st Battalion, Royal Rifles of Canada, served in Québec, Newfoundland with W Force, Hong Kong with C Force.

In May 1970, Mary H. Delaney was invited by the Government of Canada to attend a ceremony in Ottawa commemorating the 25th anniversary of VE Day.

Commemorated on Page 69 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

SAI WAN MEMORIAL
Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

Column 24.

Location:

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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Morris Delaney
  • Newspaper Clipping
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  • Photo of Morris Delaney– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of MORRIS DELANEY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of MORRIS DELANEY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Telegram– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– Rifleman MORRIS DELANEY was reported to have died while prisoner of war in the Canadian Army's 110 th overseas casualty list  of the war published in the Globe and Mail on June 16, 1942.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Memorial– Rifleman MORRIS DELANEY 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 died of wounds substained during the defense of Hong Kong which took place from December 8th to December 25th, 1941.  In total 290 Canadian soldiers were killed and 493 were wounded in this battle.
  • Inscription– Dedicatory inscription of the SAI WAN MEMORIAL.  This memorial  bears the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen, including 228 Canadians.

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