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Remembering World War II Percy Coleman Atwood
Name: Percy Coleman Atwood Rank: Rifleman Service No: F40870 Service: Royal Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: September 16, 1921 Place of Birth: Riverhead, Shelburne Co., NS Date of Enlistment: July 16, 1940 Place of Enlistment: Aldershot, NS Address At Enlistment: Barrington, Shelburne Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 19 Trade: Farm hand Marital Status: Single Next of Kin: Winifred Coleman Atwood (Father) Barrington, Shelburne Co., NS Date of Death: December 23, 1941 Age at Death: 20 Memorial: Sai Wan Memorial, Victoria, Hong Kong Commemorated on Page 22 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on January 20, 21, and 22 Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil laid a wreath at the Sai Wan Memorial, in his honour, on Sunday, 7 Sept 2014. Rifelman Percy Coleman Atwood, one of eleven children, was the son of Winifred Coleman and Mabel Edith Atwood, of Barrington, NS. He lived with parents prior to his enlistment. He trained at Aldershot, NS and was assigned to the Royal Rifles where his training continued in Newfoundland He sailed from Canadian with the Royal Rifles of Canada on October 27, 1941 in the defence of the Hong Kong Colony. He was on a patrol party of thirty soldiers, under a British Officer, and approaching the Repulse Bay Hotel when he was killed by enemy machine gun Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese on 25 December 1941. Sources and Information: Veterans Affairs Canada Photo: Operation: Picture Me 1. see: Fall of Hong Hong - Yarmouth/Shelburne Counties, NS - Casualties/Prisoners of War