Voyage to Hong Kong and Lack of Weaponry

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Voyage to Hong Kong and Lack of Weaponry

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Mr. Ewing remembers when he found out he was being deployed overseas to active duty, not to Europe, but rather Hong Kong. He recalls the voyage and explains how the troops arrived in Hong Kong but a lot of their heavy weaponry did not.

Kenneth Alexander Ewing

Kenneth Ewing was born in 1925, the 4th oldest of 12 children. His father was a civil engineer for the province of New Brunswick which enabled them to manage fairly well during the Depression. His father was a Lieutenant in the First World War and signed up as an engineer in the Second World War from 1942 to 1945. Mr. Ewing quit school in Grade 10 at the age of 15 to join the army. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to join the Merchant Navy and joined the militia in the spring of 1940. He then joined the N.B. Rangers (militia). In November 1940, he went active with the Royal Rifles. He did his basic training in Botwood, Newfoundland, guarding the port. He did further guard duty in Botwood, Gander, and St. John's, Newfoundland, Valcartier, Quebec, and Saint John, New Brunswick. He was posted to Hong Kong as a rifleman in "A" Company. He was taken POW and sent to a slave labour camp in Japan where he endured beatings, disease, and very poor living conditions but considered himself lucky since other Canadians had been executed.

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Medium:
Video
Owner:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Duration:
04:00
Person Interviewed:
Kenneth Alexander Ewing
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Location/Theatre:
Pacific Ocean
Battle/Campaign:
Hong Kong
Branch:
Army
Units/Ship:
Royal Rifles of Canada
Rank:
Private
Occupation:
Rifleman

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