Tung On Hong

Service Record

Tung On Hong (1894-?) was born on August 3, 1894, in Ko Jang, Sun Way, China. He immigrated to Canada to stay with a relative in Timmins, Ontario, named W. Wing, whom he later named in his will. His parents remained in China. He worked as a cook in Cochrane, Ontario, before the outbreak of the war. He enlisted on May 19, 1917, in Sudbury, as part of the Haileybury Forestry Draft, and arrived in France that July attached to the Canadian Forestry Corps. He worked at the Forestry Corps’ supply depot throughout the conflict. The Canadian Forestry Corps conducted lumbering operations in both England and France during the war. Besides felling and milling trees for a wide variety of uses, such as railway ties and the building of barracks and trenches, forestry units also cleared terrain for airfields and runways. In some cases, the men had to abandon their mills when the German army overran their operations during an advance. In addition to such hazards, they risked the types of injuries common in any forestry operation. In October 1918, Hong suffered an injury to his right eye. A few days later, he experienced a knee injury, after which he worked light duty for 60 days. He survived the war and returned to Canada in 1919.

Service Record Details

Attestation Paper 1

Date of Birth: August 3, 1894 (Ko Jang, Sun Way [Canton], China)

Date of Attestation: May 19, 1917

Age at Enlistment: 22 years, 9 months

Height: 5 feet, 4 inches

Weight: 117 pounds

Description: Dark complexion, brown (hazel) eyes, black hair. Methodist. Slightly flat feet.

Home Address: Cochrane, Ontario

Trade: Cook

Married: No

Next of Kin: Father – Hong, Bon (Ko Jang, Sun Way, China)

Theatre of War: France

Attestation Paper 2

Casualties / Medical History

  • May 19, 1917 – Hong’s medical history indicates small pox marks on his face and slightly flat feet. (Page 14)
  • October 18, 1918 – His right eye is injured. (Page 29)
  • October 26, 1918 – He can perform only light duties due to a knee injury. (Page 19)

Interesting Details from the Service Record

  • June 11, 1917 – In his will, he leaves all of his estate to W. Wing of Timmins, Ontario. Two lieutenants from the Forestry Depot witness his signing of the will. (Page 5)
  • Both of his parents are living in China when he enlists. (Page 12)
  • 1917 – He sails from Halifax on the SS Justicia on June 25, 1917, and arrives in England on July 5. By July 30 he is in France. (Pages 18, 21 and 23)
  • March 23, 1919 – He embarks on the HMTS Empress of Britain. (Page 19)
  • April 2, 1919 – He is discharged due to the demobilization of forces. (Page 6)
  • After the war, he lives at 45 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, Ontario, and then later in Chapleau, Ontario. (Pages 27 and 28)

The London Gazette

  • No mentions found.

Military Medals, Honours and Awards (1815–1969)

  • No mentions found.

Census Records

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