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Edward Charles Dunsford

In memory of:

Sergeant Edward Charles Dunsford

December 19, 1941
Mount Butler, Hong Kong

Military Service

Service Number:







Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C.


World War I - British War Medal, Victory Medal, World War II - 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


November 19, 1897
Tiverton, United Kingdom


September 18, 1939
Winnipeg, Manitoba

His full name is Edward Charles Dunsford.

Son of James Hewett Dunsford and Mary Jane Squire of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Husband in 1st marriage to Phylis Grace Smith, father of a daughter, Phyllis Joan Dunsford, in 2nd marriage to Hilda Mabel Calver. Father of Royal Canadian Air Force aviator Edward Frank Dunsford, regimental number R-56824, who survived World War II, and George Rex Dunsford. James Hewett (father of Edward Charles) fought in France in the First World War with the British Army, wounded in 1915, he was discharged after 287 days of service.

A World War I veteran, wounded in action in 1915 while serving with the 8th Battalion Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment of the British Army, regimental number 2518. During the Second World War, he enlisted with the Winnipeg Grenadiers - NPAM - from 1932 to 1939, assigned at his request to the regular forces of this regiment to serve in Manitoba, Jamaica with Y Force, Hong Kong with C Force. He had 824 days of service, including 53 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Dunsford Lake located north of Molson Lake in his honor in 1973.

Commemorated on Page 29 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 25.


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 EDWARD DUNSFORD– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Edward Dunsford– 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– Sergeant EDWARD CHARLES DUNSFORD was reported to be Missing in Action in the Canadian Army's 249th overseas casualty list of the war published in the Globe and Mail on January 14, 1943.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Canadian Casuatlies in the Defence of Hong Kong– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Honour Roll
  • Memorial– Sergeant EDWARD CHARLES DUNSFORD is one of 20 members of the Winnipeg Grenadiers, 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.
  • Dedicatory Inscription of the Sai Wan Memorial– Dedicatory inscription of the SAI WAN MEMORIAL.  This memorial  bears the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen, including 228 Canadians.
  • Unknown Marker– The Sai Wan Memorial is located at the entrance of Sai Wan Cemetery.  1,505 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War are buried or commemorated at this  cemetery, of which 444 of the burials are the remains of unidentified soldiers, including those of 107 Canadian soldiers, most of whom were killed or died of wounds during the defense of Hong Kong, which took place from December 8th to December 25th, 1941. This is one such grave marker.  Sergeant EDWARD CHARLES DUNSFORD lie beneath this grave marker, or one of the other 106 grave markers in Sai Wan Cemetery that simply read, A SOLDIER OF THE 1939-1945 WAR.  A  CANADIAN REGIMENT.  KNOWN UNTO GOD.  The unidentified soldiers are commemorated at the Sai Wan Memorial.

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