L/Col Henry E Pense  DSO, MC

LCol Pense


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Commanded the 21st Battalion from August 9, 1918 to the end of the War

(The following is taken from the 21st Battalion Historical Calendar)

For some years before the war Lieut.-Colonel Pense was associated with Brigadier-General W. St. Pierre Hughes in the 14th Regiment (Princess of Wales's Own Rifles), of Kingston, Ontario. On the mobilization of the 21st Canadian Battalion he was taken on the strength as a Lieutenant, and posted as a Platoon Commander in "A" Company. On the 5th of February, 1915, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, and assumed the duties ot Second-in-Command of "C" Company, which post he held until appointed to command "A" Company in the fighting at the St. Eloi craters in April, 1916. He was appointed an Acting-Major on July 1st, 1916, and was wounded on September 15th, 1916, when the Battalion captured the Sugar Factory, near Courcelette, on the Somme. Rejoining the Battalion in February, 1917, he was promoted to the temporary rank of Major, from the 18th of January, 1917, and appointed Adjutant on the 25th of February of the same year. He held this appointment until assuming the duties of Second-in-Command of the Battalion on the 29th of October, 1917. On the death in action of the late Lieut.-Colonel E. W. |ones, he was appointed to command the Battalion, and promoted to the temporary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel on the 9th of August, 1918.



Summary of Service Record

Aug 2, 1889

Born Kingston Ontario Canada


Nov 8, 1914

Attested at Kingston Ontario into the 21st Battalion


Ø      next of kin given as Elizabeth M Pense (mother), address 436 Princess St. Kingston Ont

Ø      Occupation given as Newspaper Reporter

Ø      Previous service given as 2 years AMC and 8 years with 14th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan


Feb 5, 1915

Promoted to Captain


May 1, 1915

Pay assignment of $30 per month given to Mrs. Elizabeth M. Pense in care of Capt Edward H. Pense, 4th Pioneer Battalion, Witley Camp, England


May 6, 1915

Embarked SS Metagama at Montreal 


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone and disembarked at Boulogne France


Oct 11, 1915

Attending course at Warfare School


Oct 23, 1915

Return to duty from course


Mar 20, 1916

Proceeded on leave


Mar 31, 1916

Return to duty from leave (one extra day)


Apr 20, 1916

Proceeded on leave of absence


Jun 5, 1916

Granted leave until June 14, 1916


Jul 1, 1916

To be Temporary Major while in the field in command of a company


Sep 17, 1916

Admitted to No 5 Red Cross Hospital, Boulogne with gun shot wounds in ankle, shoulder and back.


Sep 21, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the HS St. Patrick



Sep 22, 1916

Admitted to Royal Free Hospital Grays Inn Rd -Taken on Strength Canadian Training Depot and posted to General List - Relinquishes rank of Temp Major on ceasing to command a company


Oct 16, 1916

Granted leave to Canada on recommendation of Medical Board until Dec 16, 1916 – without expense to public – embarked SS Caronia



Nov 13, 1916

Awarded Military Cross, London Gazette #29824



Dec 24, 1916

Leave extended to Jan 8, 1917


Jan 8, 1917

Leave extended to Feb 1, 1917


Jan 18, 1917

To be Major to replace Major JH Sills who is appointed Staff Captain, 3rd Bde. – Relinquishes rank of acting Major to be Temporary Major.


Feb 11, 1917

Struck off strength General List on proceeding for service with 21st Battalion


Feb 13, 1917

Arrived from England as a reinforcement to 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1917

Left to join unit in the field


Feb 21, 1917

Joined unit in the field


Feb 25, 1917

Appointed Adjutant replacing Capt SL Cunningham who proceeds to Regimental Duty


Mar 13, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion as reinforcement from England


May 7, 1917

Influenza and debility – admitted to 4th Canadian Field Ambulance then transferred to 5th CFA


May 13, 1917

Admitted No 7 Stationary Hospital Boulogne - Debility


May 17, 1917

Discharged to duty


May 20, 1917

TOS Canadian Base Details, Havre


May 31, 1917

Left to join unit


Sep 10, 1917

No 10 Canadian Field Ambulance with Trench Fever


Sep 18, 1917

Discharged to duty and rejoined unit in the field


Sep 19, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 29, 1917

Rejoined unit from the field


Nov 11, 1917

Proceeded on course


Dec 16, 1917

Rejoined 21st Battalion from course


Feb 5, 1918

Proceeded on course


Feb 10, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 26, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from leave


Apr 11, 1918

Relinquished appointment to Adjutant on returning to Regimental duty


Apr 14, 1918

Attached to 2nd Tramways Coy for duty


Jun 3, 1918

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order in London Gazette 30716



Jul 22, 1918

Proceeded to 1st Army Rest Camp


Aug 7, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from rest camp


Aug 9, 1918

Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel to command a battalion as per London Gazette No 30889


Oct 17, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to UK


Nov 4, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from leave


Mar 16, 1919

Mentioned In Despatches in London Gazette 30706 and



Apr 3, 1919

Proceeded to Canadian Embarkation Camp England


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing, Canadian Concentration Camp, Witley


May 13, 1919

TOS CEF in Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked SS Caronia at Liverpool for Canada



May 31, 1919

SOS CEF on General Demobilization


Feb 1, 1962

Died at Kingston General Hospital

Cataraqui Cemetery
Kingston Ontario



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