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William Joseph McGrath Rifleman E/30283 Royal Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C. June 23, 1921 McGrath's Cove, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia June 11, 1940 (August 10, 1940) Campbellton, NB (Matapédia, Bonaventure, Quebec) 19 5 feet, 6½ inches Clear Blue Blonde Single Fisherman Roman Catholic Clara Mae McGrath (Mother) McGrath's Cove, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia December 23, 1941 21 Sai Wan Memorial, Hong Kong, China Column 25 Commemorated on Page 38 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on January 30 William Joseph McGrath was the son of William Vincent McGrath (1890-1964) and Clara Mae (Kirk) McGrath (1893-1972), of McGrath's Cove, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia. William McGrath first served with the 1st Battalion, North Shore (NB) Regiment, service number G- 22204, from 11 June 1940 to 5 August 1940 in Campbellton, New Brunswick, when he was discharged on medical grounds. He then re-enlisted in Québec with the Royal Rifles of Canada, and served in Canada, in Newfoundland with Force W and in Hong Kong with Force C. He was killed in action during the defence of Hong Kong on December 23, 1941. 107 Canadian soldiers, most of whom were killed or died of wounds during the defence of Hong Kong, which took place from December 8th to December 25th, 1941 have no known graves. There are 107 grave markers inscribed “A Soldier of the 1939-1945” that contain unidentified remains. The names of the 107 Canadians are listed on the Sai Wan Memorial.
William Joseph McGrath
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