From: Honkong (Yano)
17 November 1941
Hongkong to Tokyo #542
There have been rumors to the effect that the Canada army troops would soon be sent to the Orient.
On the 16th (morning) a Canadian Pacific line steamer came in port guarded by a British warship. This ship had on board about 1000 Canadian soldiers, who were entered in the Kuryushinho barracks.
These troops are Canadian volunteers and are of mixed nationality. They are keeping the strength, etc. of this division a secret, but according to reports another 2000 are expected.
Relayed to Canton, Ottawa. Relay to Shanghai and Nanking.
JD-1: 6874 25431 (Y) Navy Trans. 11-28-41 (CN)
(EXHIBITS OF JOINT COMMITTEE , EXHIBIT NO. 2 JAPANESE MESSAGES CONCERNING MILITARY INSTALLATIONS, SHIP MOVEMENTS, ETC.)