Purvis, Rob

Rob Purvis was born May 16, 1947 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He grew up in a working class neighbourhood, against the backdrop of Canada’s postwar boom and the emerging Cold War.  He and 3 of his friends, the sons of World War Two veterans, made the decision to head south to join the American army –

Gerrard, Gerry

Gerry Gerrard was in the reserve artillery as of 1938. The day before the war broke out, he was called up and reported to the colonel, who told Gerry he needed a dozen men to go to Victoria.  Since Gerry waswas 17, he didn’t have to go, but he went anyway.  In Victoria, he joined

Fan, Meng

Meng Fan was born in 1926 in Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, which now is Indonesia. Later he moved to Hong Kong.  When war came, Hong Kong had to support in war efforts. However, Hong Kong was lacking resources such as food. Meng Fan volunteered to join the army. He started with training and was barely

Mr. Scott Masters is Awarded a Grant for the Peace and Reconciliation Study Tour

Mr. Scott Masters has been awarded a study grant to take part in the Peace & Reconciliation Study Tour, sponsored by ALPHA Education Educators from all over the world have joined this life-changing journey from visiting historical sites and museums to meeting with experts, educators, curators, and survivors. Through stories and personal reflections, educators have been able to

Chu, Beatrice

Beatrice Chu was born in the end of December, 1930 in Kowloon, Hong Kong.  Before the war, she was middle class.  She lived with her many sisters and brothers and her parents; she was the oldest sibling and had 9 younger siblings that she helped to care for.   The Japanese came to attack Hong Kong

MacDonell, George

George MacDonell was one of Canada’s last survivors of the Battle of Hong Kong. He was born August 5, 1922, and he grew up in and around Listowel, Ontario against the backdrop of the Great Depression. He made the decision to enlist early in the war, and was shipped overseas early in the war; he

Waddell, John

John Waddell served in the RCN as WW2 came to a close. His overseas duty came late in the war, so John was fortunate to avoid combat and the dangerous convoys that made up so much RCN duty. He was able to see many places though, literally going around the world and visiting the ports