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Allen Benjamin Welsh

In memory of:

Rifleman Allen Benjamin Welsh

October 7, 1942
Sham Shui Po Camp Hospital, Hong Kong

Military Service

Service Number:







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


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

Additional Information


February 7, 1920
Entry Island, Magalden Island, Quebec


August 27, 1940
Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec

Son of David Ruben Welsh and Sarah Mildred Dickson, of Entry Island, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec.

The following people from Entry Island, Magdalen Islands, Quebec, are all brothers and/or cousins that served during the Second World War. They served with the Royal Rifles of Canada or the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, unless indicated otherwise. Eight died in service.

Edward Carleton Aitkens died in Japan.
Thomas Robert Aitkens, RCNVR, survived the war.
Deighton Aitken died in Hong Kong.
John Maxwell Chenell died in Hong Kong.
William Radley Chenell died in Japan.
James Chenell, RCNVR, survived the war.
Albert Benjamin Chenell died in Japan.
Bernard Leslie Chenell, E-30389, prisoner of war in Japan.
George Borden Chenell, E-30379, prisoner of war in Japan.
Edward Bahan Chenell, E-30403, prisoner of war in Hong Kong.
Ancil Josey, E-30390, prisoner of war in Japan.
Ernest Edwin Welsh, E-30397, prisoner of war in Hong Kong.
Arthur Lloyd Welsh, RCNVR, survived the war.
Allen Benjamin Welsh died in Hong Kong.
Delbert William Louis Welsh died in Hong Kong.
Melvin Burton Welsh died in Japan.
George Walter Welsh survived the war.

Allen Benjamin served in Québec, in Newfoundland with Force W, in Hong Kong with Force C, where he died as prisoner of war.

Commemorated on Page 123 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. F. 22.


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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  • Photo of ALLEN BENJAMIN WELSH– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Original Gravemarker for Allen Welsh– Rifleman Allen Welsh died from diphtheria during his captivity as a Prisoner of War at Sham Shui Po camp in Hong Kong.
  • Photo of Allen Welsh– Rifleman Allen Welsh was born on Entry Island on February 7, 1920, the son of Sarah Dickson and Ruben Welsh.  He had four sisters and five brothers.  His brother Ernest was also a Prisoner of War at Hong Kong.  Allen attended Entry Island School and was noted as a great student.  He finished his schooling at grade 9 and worked as a fisherman's helper with William Radley Chenell, who was also a Prisoner of War at Hong Kong.  Allen joined the army at age 20, on August 27, 1940.
He loved to hunt.  He liked wood-working.  He was very athletic - playing hockey and ball.
He died too young.

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