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Peter Procinsky

In memory of:

Private Peter Procinsky

December 20, 1941


Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

H/6304

Age:

44

Force:

Army

Unit:

Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

World War I: British War Medal and Victory Medal.

World War II: 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, 1939-45 War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


Born:

July 12, 1897
Leshniow Brody, Lemberg, Austria-Hungary

Enlistment:

September 13, 1939
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Born under the name of Petro Procinsky.

Son of Laumb (alias Leon) Procinsky and Iowka (alias Eva) Perazuk. De facto spouse of Rose de Lima Avon. Father of Joseph Henri Gérard Procinsky. Brother of Tom, John, Paul, Margaret, Anny, Mary, Pearl, Nancy and Kate.

During the First World War, he enlisted on April 10th, 1917 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan, in the 249th Overseas Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, regimental number 1069708 to serve in Canada and England with the 15th Reserve Battalion, and later with the 10th Canadian Reserve Battery Corps and the 102nd Company, but did not participate in the fighting. He enlisted on September 13th, 1939 and served in Manitoba, Jamaica with Y Force and Hong Kong with C Force. He had 830 days of service, including 54 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Procinsky Lake located northwest of Lake Nejanilini in his honor in 1975.

Commemorated on Page 42 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 27.

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.

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  • Inscription– Private PETER PROCINSKY is one of 27 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.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Private PETER PROCINSKY was reported Missing in Action, in the Canadian Army's 251st overseas casualty list of the war published in the Globe and Mail on January 16, 1943.
  • 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.
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Canadian Casuatlies in the Defence of Hong Kong– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Group Photo– Winnipeg Grenadiers, D Company, 14th Platoon
  • Photo of Peter Procinsky– In memory of those who served in Hong Kong during World War II 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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