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Leo Abbey Cormier

In memory of:

Rifleman Leo Abbey Cormier

October 16, 1942


Sham Shui Po Hospital, Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

G/18272

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

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

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

March 11, 1920
Amherst, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

May 17, 1940
Sackville, Nova Scotia

Son of Albert M. Cormier and Alice Roy, of Amherst, Nova Scotia. Veteran of the Boer War with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, enlisted in the First World War on August 2nd, 1915 with the 93rd Regiment (Detaining Force) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, regimental number 2699821, transferred to the 6th Detaining Force, Company E, at Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Brother of Second World War survivors Rudolph and Vernal Cormier of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Fred, Harold, Gerald, Vina, Lisa and Mary.

Enlisting in the Carleton and York Regiment, he served in Nova Scotia, transferred November 28th, 1940 to C Company, 1st Battalion, Royal Rifles of Canada, joined that battalion at Camp Sussex, New Brunswick, served with W Force in Newfoundland, Hong Kong with C Force. He had 882 days of service, including 354 overseas.

Commemorated on Page 66 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 WAR CEMETERY
Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

VIII. B. 2.

Location:

SAI WAN WAR CEMETERY is in the north-east of the island of Hong Kong, in the Chai Wan area, about 11 kilometres from the centre of Victoria, the capital of Hong Kong. At the entrance to the cemetery on Cape Collinson Road stands the memorial to those who died in Hong Kong and have no known grave. From it, the cemetery slopes down towards the sea and originally, the view towards the main land was magnificent. The easiest way to reach the cemetery is by the mass transit railway (MTR) Hong Kong line to Chai Wan Terminus. From the Terminus one can either walk up to the cemetery following Chai Wan Road to the roundabout, turning west into Wan Tsui Road, then south east up Lin Shing Road which leads to Cape Collinson Road. The CWGC road direction sign is fixed to a wall facing down Lin Shing Road. 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 where the CWGC has another cemetery, the Stanley Military Cemetery. En route to Stanley the minibus will pass Sai Wan War Cemetery, stopping only on request.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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