For a special Remembrance Day episode of Curiosity in Focus, Daniel was joined by retired engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Jack Gin to learn about the incredible tale of Frederick Lee. Frederick was born into a respected Chinese Canadian merchant family with ties to the Hudson's Bay Company. His family had actually immigrated to Canada from a county near the city of Guangzhou, China - much like Daniel's did in the 1960s. Fred was one of approximately 300 Canadians of Chinese descent who served with the Canadian Corps during the First World War. His previously unknown tale is one of courage and determination against widespread social and legal discrimination faced by the Chinese communities living in Canada. Frederick fought in and survived the Battle of Vimy Ridge as a machine gunner for the 172nd (Rocky Mountain Rangers) Battalion. He later fought in and was killed in the Battle of Hill 70. He's among the 11,285 Canadians who were killed in France and whose final resting place remains unknown.
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Learn more about the Chinese Canadian Military Museum (ccmms.ca) and donate to the Frederick Lee walkway at the Hill 70 memorial (fredleehill70.ca). Get in touch with Jack Gin at email@example.com