On the morning of 8 December 1941, the forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the British Crown colony of Hong Kong.

Despite stiff resistance from the Hong Kong garrison – composed of British, Canadian, Indian and local troops – the garrison was forced to surrender on Christmas Day.

The Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong organised a commemorative ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle on 4 December (pictured right) at the CWGC Sai Wan War Cemetery, attended by 600 people.