Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (back) walks with a World War Two veteran at Sai Wan War Cemetery as he attends a Remembrance Day ceremony in Hong Kong November 11, 2012.

Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (back) walks with a World War Two veteran at Sai Wan War Cemetery as he attends a Remembrance Day ceremony in Hong Kong November

So dedicated, he enlisted twice. First in the Battle of Hong Kong 1941 - Dennis Bell (left) and brother, Bill, hold a photo of their father, Lance Cpl. William Bell of the Winnipeg Grenadiers, who died Tuesday on his 96th birthday (2013). He was a Hong Kong veteran.

William Bell lived through the Battle of Hong Kong, was saved when a .

The War in the Pacific. Japan was an axis power, and were kind of did a silent but deadly attack. On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes bombed the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbour, destroying half the fleet. The bombing stunned the Americans, and the next day USA declared war on Japan. The whole world was at war now. Canada sent 1,975 Canadians to Hong Kong, and all were either killed, or taken prisoner. Canadians at home wre horrified.

View of the beach of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, after the U. invasion in November The Battle of Tarawa (US code name Operation Galvanic) was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, fought from November 20 to November

Gander the regimental mascot of the Royal Rifles of Canada departing for Hong Kong in 1941.( Source: Hong Kong Veterans Assn) One night in December 1941, Gander showed his true courage. That night, Gander saw a grenade tossed near a group of wounded Canadian soldiers. He ran to it, took it, and rushed away with it. The grenade exploded and Gander was killed. But he had saved the lives of the seven soldiers who never forgot Sergeant Gander.

From horses to carrier pigeons, millions of war animals saved lives

Hong Kong Veteran Arthur Kenneth Pifher, 91, of Grimsby, Ont., walks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a Remembrance Day ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong.

Memorials across country mark Remembrance Day

Hong Kong Veteran Arthur Kenneth Pifher, of Grimsby, Ont., walks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a Remembrance Day ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong.

"The Canadians in Hong Kong: Giving Me My Remembrance Day" from Maple, Lily, Peony, and Rose - A personal reflection/essay by Kita Inoru, detailing some of her difficulties marking Remembrance Day as a Chinese immigrant in Canada, and how discovering the Canadian involvement in Hong Kong in December 1941 changed all that.

WWII Canadian Recruiting Poster referencing Hong Kong When I was a kid, I didn't care about Remembrance Day.

Canada's Hong Kong PoWs: the struggles and sacrifice - CBCNews.ca

Canada's Hong Kong PoWs: the struggles and sacrifice

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Taken about 1939 before he went to Hong Kong my Grandfather

Taken about 1939 before he went to Hong Kong my Grandfather

My Grandfather PTE JE James is the man on Crutches taken on a ship after their Liberation from the POW Camps

My Grandfather PTE JE James is the man on Crutches taken on a ship after their Liberation from the POW Camps

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