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Ralph Charles Rees

In memory of:

Private Ralph Charles Rees

March 14, 1945

Camp Hospital, Oeyama, Japan

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


May 1, 1910
Newport, Montmouthshire, Wales


September 13, 1939
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of Charles Thomas Edward Rees and Evangeline Rosina (aka Rose) Clark. Husband of Marjorie Lila Evans, of Virden, Manitoba. Father of Marilyn Rochelle Rees.

Brother of Senior Airman Thomas Rees, regimental number 528427, Royal Air Force serving on the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious (77), Royal Navy, sunk by guns in the North Sea on June 8th, 1940 by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. He died of his wounds on the 10th.

Served in Manitoba, Jamaica with Y Force, Hong Kong with C Force and Japan as a prisoner of war. He had 2,008 days of service, including 1,234 overseas.

To commemorate his sacrifice, the Manitoba government named Rees Lake located south of Shethanei Lake in his honor in 1974.

Commemorated on Page 557 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

Cdn Sec. B. D. 9.


YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY is 9 kilometres west of the city on Yuenchi-Dori, Hodogaya Ward, which branches left off the old Tokkaido highway. The nearest railway station is Hodogaya, 5 kilometres to the north on the JNR line but the cemetery is easily reached by bus from Yokohama station.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of RALPH CHARLES REES– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of RALPH CHARLES REES– 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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