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Hymie Greenberg

In memory of:

Signalman Hymie Greenberg

December 19, 1941
Hong Kong

Military Service


Service Number:

H/38860

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:

November 3, 1919
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment:

August 22, 1941
Kingston, Ontario

Son of George A. Greenberg and Sonja (aka Sonia) Shern. Half-brother of Sailor Simon Ossevetsky (later Greenberg), electrician 1st class in the U.S. Navy, who died accidentally while on duty at sea on December 17th, 1917, aboard the submarine USS F-1 (also named USS Carp, SS-20), and a Greenberg brother who survived World War II.

He enlisted on March 20th, 1941 - NPAM - in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, on August 14th, 1941 in the Manitoba Volunteer Reserve - NRMA - regimental number H-600088 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 22th, 1941 in the 4th Division Signals of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals, regimental number H-38860, served in Ontario, Nova Scotia, assigned as a signaler to the 1st Battalion of the Winnipeg Grenadiers and was drafted into C Force to fight in Hong Kong. He had 120 days of service, including 53 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Greenberg Lake located west of Lake Nejanilini in his honor in 1995.

Commemorated on Page 31 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. C. Coll. grave 12-19.

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

  • 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 Hymie Greenberg– Hymie Greenberg is honoured on page 33 of the memorial book,
CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties,
compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948.  
This extract is provided courtesy of the Canadian Jewish Congress which holds the copyright for this volume.  For additional information about these archival records, please contact:
The Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives 
1590 Ave. Docteur Penfield, Montreal, Que. H3G 1C5 (Canada)
telephone: 514-931-7531 ex. 2 
facsimile:  514-931-0548 
website:     www.cjc.ca
  • Grave Marker– Signalman HYMIE GREENBERG was one of  290 Canadian soldiers killed during the defense of Hong Kong from December 8th to December 25th, 1941
  • 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.

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