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Frederick Arnold Wyrwas Rifleman E/30138 Royal Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C. June 3, 1907 Inverness, Inverness Co., NS August 17, 1940 Valcartier, Quebec Inverness, NS 33 5 Fett, 10 inches Clear Blue Fair Cape Breton Highlanders (1929) Active Militia Married Coal Miner and Police Constable United Church Jessie Wyrwas (Wife) Inverness, NS April 21, 1944 37 Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan Cdn Sec. B. C. 1. Commemorated on Page 484 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 15 Frederick Arnold Wyrwas was the husband of Jessie (Wiswell) Wyrwas of Inverness, NS and the father of Dorothy Annabelle and Gladys Lillian. He was taken on strength with the Royal Rifles of Canada at Valcartier on August 17, 1940. He served in Newfoundland from December 2, 1940 until July 31, 1941. He returned to Canada and on October 27, 1941 left Canada for Hong Kong. He was taken as a prisoner of war on December 25, 1941 and was transferred when prisoners were sent to internment camps in Japan on January 19, 1943. He was transported there on the Tatsuta Maru arriving at Nagasaki, Japan on January 22, 1943. While in the internment camp he died of wet beriberi, malnutrition, and ascariasis on December 24, 1944.
Frederick Arnold Wyrwas
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