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Orville Wilson Rodd

In memory of:

Private Orville Wilson Rodd

January 29, 1942
Bowen Road Hospital, Hong Kong

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


April 29, 1910
Treherne, Manitoba


September 14, 1939
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Charles Edward Rodd and Suzanne Pearl Vennard. Husband of Ida Jane Tancy Burnham, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

As a student he served in the Active Reserve of the Winnipeg Grenadiers, Regimental Number 3233, from May 6th, 1925 to October 14th, 1927, in the COTC at the University of Manitoba, Regimental Number 248, from October 3rd, 1928 to October 8th, 1929, in "C" Battery Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Regimental Number 9912, for 93 days until August 11th, 1933 as a driver, Winnipeg Grenadiers - NPAM - Regimental Number 3331, March 17th, 1936 to October 14th, 1937, 2nd Armoured Car Regiment - NPAM - Regimental Number 3176, October 15th, 1937 to April 11th, 1939, 1st Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers, Regimental Number H-6330, and served in Manitoba, Bermuda with "B" Force, Jamaica with "Y" Force, Hong Kong with "C" Force. He had 1,204 days of service, including 428 overseas.

Commemorated on Page 110 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Victoria, Hong Kong

Grave Reference:

VIII. E. 17.


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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  • 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
  • Photo of Orville Rodd– 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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