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Private Budvar Olafson (H6269), son of John and Olive Olafson of Kitchener, Ontario, served with the Winnipeg Grenadiers during World War II. He was sent overseas to China in November of 1941. Only a month later, after the fall of Hong Kong, he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. He survived in the prisoner of war camps until January 1, 1944 when he succumbed to illness. He was laid to rest at Yokohama War Cemetery.
Lloyd William O'Leary.
Rifleman Robert Olscamp (E30119), son of Many Olscamp of Cross Point, Quebec, served with the Royal Rifles of Canada during the Second World War. He was shipped overseas in November 1941 and only a month later, after the fall of Hong Kong, he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Japanese. He survived the prison camps and was liberated in 1945 at the end of the war.
Eric Lynn Olson.
John Robert Osborn was born in Norfolk England on the 2nd of January 1899. He served in the First World War as a seaman in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and saw action at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. At the end of the war he moved to Saskatchewan where he farmed for two years at Wapella. He then worked with the maintenance division of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Manitoba where he married and had five children. He joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers in 1933 and was called to active duty on the 3rd of September 1939. At forty two years of age he was the second oldest Victoria Cross recipient in the Second World War. Company Sergeant Major Osborn has no known grave but his name appears on the Hong Kong Memorial. His medal is on display at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.