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Adams, John Henry
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Carman, Manitoba
Died: Aug 26,1942

Commemorated at
Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong

John Henry Adams, born January 28, 1915 at Carman, Manitoba, moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he completed his education. Adams first joined The Winnipeg Grenadiers as a Bandsman in 1933. Working as a printer in Winnipeg, Adams enlisted at Winnipeg September 13, 1939. Adams served with the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps attached to The Winnipeg Grenadiers as a Private during the Second World War. Following garrison duty in Jamaica in 1940, The Winnipeg Grenadiers landed in Hong Kong November 16, 1941 during the battle in the defence of Hong Kong. After the capture of Hong Kong by Japanese forces on December 25, 1941, The Winnipeg Grenadiers were taken prisoners of war. On August 21, 1942, Private John Henry Adams and three fellow soldiers attempted an escape from their prisoner of war camp. They were re-captured and executed at Kings Park in Hong Kong on August 26, 1942. Adams is commemorated at Sai Wan Military Cemetery, Victoria, Hong Kong. Son of John Alfred and Irma Emily Adams of Winnipeg; brother of William, Frank, Steve, Arthur, Helen, Lillian and Dorothy; husband of Rose Adams of Winnipeg; he was 27 years old. Adams Lake, east of Big Sand Lake, Manitoba is named in his honour. Citation(s): Mentioned in Dispatches, 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp. "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."

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