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John Lloyd Frederick Fairley

In memory of:

Signalman John Lloyd Frederick Fairley

December 22, 1941


Bowen Road Hospital, Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

K/34912

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals

Citation(s):

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

Additional Information


Born:

December 16, 1919
Merritt, British Columbia

Enlistment:

April 1, 1941
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of John Young Fairley and Helen Wandeford Hyland, of Port Alberni, British Columbia. John was a veteran of the First World War, enlisting in 1917 in the 1106th Forestry Draft of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, served in England and France with the 79th Battalion. John Lloyd was the brother of Privates Raymond and Kenneth Fairley, who fought in World War II and survived the fighting.

Served with the 10th Fortress Signals of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, incorporated into C Force and posted as a signaler with the 1st Battalion Royal Rifles of Canada for Hong Kong. He was the first Canadian to be wounded in action during the Second World War. He had 266 days of service, including 56 overseas.

Commemorated on Page 29 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

6. A. Coll. grave 1-12.

Location:

STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY, originally the Military Cemetery in which members of the Hong Kong Garrison and their families were buried, is situated just beyond the small fishing village of Stanley in the southern part of Hong Kong island on the Tai Tam Peninsula, which has Stanley Bay on the west and Tai Tam Bay on the north. From Stanley Village take the Wong Ma Kok Road. The cemetery is adjacent St Stephens College and is close to St Stephen's beach. It is reached from Victoria by car along a winding, hilly road which at first overlooks the harbour and mainland. After climbing to the pass called Wong Nei Cheng Gap the road descends to the sea at Repulse Bay and then continues along the rocky hillside to Stanley village.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave Marker– Signalman JOHN LLOYD FREDERICK FAIRLEY was one of the 290 Canadian soldiers killed during the defense of Hong Kong from December 8th to December 25th, 1941

The Epitaph on the grave marker reads ¿NOT JUST TODAY BUT EVERYDAY.  IN SILENCE WE REMEMBER.  MOTHER DAD AND BROTHER
  • Canada and the Defence of Hong Kong.– Source:  Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Canadian Casualties in the Defense of Hong Kong and its Aftermath– Source: Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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