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Edward Ross Keating

In memory of:

Rifleman Edward Ross Keating

December 22, 1941


Stanley Mount, Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

B/68171

Age:

22

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.

Additional Information


Born:

January 6, 1919
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Michael Joseph Keating and Frances Margaret (alias Florence) Lachapelle, of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Edith Mae Smith, of Toronto, Ontario.

He got married on 9 July 1938 in Toronto. He was father of Edward Allen Keating, born 29 August 1939-died on 12 February 1940; and father of Lorne Vernon Keating, born 19 March 1941, both born in Toronto.

He served with the Queen’s York Rangers – NPAM – during four months, with the 1st Detachment, Irish Regiment of Canada (MG) – NPAM – 1940-04-08 to 1941-09-29, service number K-302 replaced by service number 2302; with the Royal Regiment of Canada, service number B-68171, 1941-09-30 to 1941-10-18, when he was deployed to 1st Battalion, Royal Rifles of Canada. He was killed in action in Stanley Mount and was then reported as missing in action. He had 210 days of service, including 56 overseas.

His brother, Private Lorne Keating, service number B-621570, served overseas with the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment; his uncle Sapper D.H. Chappelle, with the Royal Canadian Engineer. They both survived the war.

Commemorated on Page 34 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

SAI WAN MEMORIAL
Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

Column 25.

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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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star December 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Rifleman EDWARD ROSS KEATING is one of  30 members of the Royal Rifles of Canada, 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.
  • Inscription– Dedicatory inscription of the SAI WAN MEMORIAL.  This memorial  bears the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen, including 228 Canadians.
  • Newspaper clipping– Rifleman EDWARD ROSS KEATING was reported  Killed in Action in the Canadian Army's 242th overseas casualty list  of the war published in the Globe and Mail on January 8, 1943.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada

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