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James Phillip Gard

In memory of:

Private James Phillip Gard

July 14, 1945

Camp Niigata-Rinko 5B, Osaka, Japan

Military Service

Service Number:







Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C.


1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp.

Additional Information


February 15, 1919
Winnipeg, Manitoba


January 26, 1940
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Phillip Gard and Violet May Switzer of Fisher Branch, Manitoba. Nephew of Private Sidney Oscar Switzer, regimental number 186711, who fought in France in World War I with the 11th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force and the 1st Canadian Mountain Rifles. He survived the war.

Served in Manitoba, Jamaica with Y Force, Hong Kong with C Force, Japan as a prisoner of war. He had 1,997 days of service, including 1,356 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Gard Lake located east of Pike Lake in his honor in 1979.

Commemorated on Page 517 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

Cdn Sec. A. R. 9.


YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY is 9 kilometres west of the city on Yuenchi-Dori, Hodogaya Ward, which branches left off the old Tokkaido highway. The nearest railway station is Hodogaya, 5 kilometres to the north on the JNR line but the cemetery is easily reached by bus from Yokohama station.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of JAMES PHILLIP GARD– 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.

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