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Thomas McLaughlin

In memory of:

Rifleman Thomas McLaughlin

November 28, 1942

Sham Shui Po Hospital, Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

F/40988

Age:

35

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:

June 16, 1907
Bass River, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

August 2, 1940
Aldershot, Nova Scotia

His full name is Thomas Wellington McLaughlin. Son of Margaret Jane Melinda McLaughlin, of Bass River, Nova Scotia.

He first enrolled with the West Nova Scotia Regiment, and was deployed to the 1st Battalion, Royal Rifles of Canada, on 28 November 1940. He served in Nova Scotia, in New Brunswick, in Newfoundland with Force W, in Québec and in Hong Kong with Force C. He had 849 days of service, including 397 days overseas.

Two step-brothers served in Europe during the Second World War: Shatford Morris and Nelson Morris; both survived the war.

Commemorated on Page 97 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

SAI WAN WAR CEMETERY
Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

VIII. D. 18.

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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