This memorial commemorates the defence of Hong Kong in 1941. You can see this memorial near the northeast corner of King Edward Avenue and Sussex Drive in Ottawa.
|THE CANADIAN ROLE IN THE DEFENCE OF HONG KONG|
In late 1941, 1,975 Canadians arrived in Hong Kong to reinforce the garrison. They fought with courage and determination against overwhelming odds after the Japanese attacked on December 8. Many distinguished themselves under fire, including Company Sargeant-Major John Robert Osborn, who won Canada's first Victoria Cross of the Second World War. During the seventeen-day battle, 290 men died. After the surrender, 267 more perished during long years of harsh captivity. The Canadians' role in the defence of Hong Kong stands as a eloquent expression of their lasting honour.