Teizo Nishioka

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Osaka, Prefecture Osaka, Empire of Japan

General information

Hotel porter

Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
 —  Canadian Mounted Rifles, 5th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Maple Lodge, Zillebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Teizo Nishioka, born in Osaka, was one of thousands of Japanese who emigrated to Canada around the turn of the century in search of a better future. Many went to British Columbia. The Japanese immigrants had few rights; they were not allowed to vote or to practise certain professions.

Asians in British Columbia were often excluded from the army. More than 200 Japanese Canadians moved to the eastern states to join up. Teizo reported to the army in Saskatchewan and was assigned to the Canadian Mounted Rifles.

On 2 June 1916, the first day of the Battle of Mount Sorrel, twenty-five-year-old Teizo was hit by shrapnel and killed. He was one of fifty-four Japanese immigrants who died for Canada.

It was not until 1949 that all Japanese Canadians were given the right to vote.

Sources 5

Personnel Records of the First World War (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC) RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7339 - 10 Item Number: 548612).
Sources used
Sunahara A., “Japanese Canadians” In: The Canadian Encyclopedia (Toronto, Historica Canada, 2019).
Sources used
War diaries: 5th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4949, Microfilm reel number: T-10760, T-10759--T-10760, File number: 473, File part: 1).
Sources used
War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), Record Group Number: RG 150, 1992-93/314; Volume Number: 225).
Sources used
War Graves Registry: Commonwealth War Graves (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG150, 1992-1993/314, Box 39-244; Box: 107).
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