Rikichi Somiya

Rikichi Somiya

He was born on 24 March 1909. He was a self-employed tinsmith. His family includes Daikichi Somiya (father), Shimo Somiya (mother; nee Shimo Koizumi), Naka Somiya (wife; nee Naka Yamamoto), Kazuo Somiya (son), Toshiro Somiya (son), Shizuko Somiya (daughter) and Masao Somiya (son). His home address is listed as 242 Main Street, Vancouver, BC. He was forcibly uprooted to Lemon Creek, BC and exiled to Japan on 2 August 1946.


Regularized NameRikichi Somiya
Custodian Identification Number11902
NationalityJapanese national
Residence (after uprooting)Lemon Creek, BC
LabelExiled to Japan
Residence (before uprooting)Vancouver


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