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David Gemmell

In memory of:

Private David Gemmell

November 26, 1942


Camp Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

H/17304

Age:

29

Force:

Army

Unit:

Winnipeg Grenadiers, R.C.I.C.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian Volunteer Service medal and Bar, Defence Medal and Hong Kong Bar.

Additional Information


Born:

November 18, 1913
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

Enlistment:

May 30, 1940
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Robert Gemmell and Agnes Mitchell. Husband of Christina Tania (Sonia) Phillips of Toronto, Ontario.

Enlisted in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, transferred on October 24th, 1941 to the 1st Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers, served in Manitoba, Hong Kong with C Force. He had 1,129 days of service, including 612 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Gemmell Creek located on the Seal River in his honor in 1974.

Commemorated on Page 76 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. 20.

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.

Digital Collection

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  • 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– 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– From the Toronto Star October 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of David Gemmell– 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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