Henry Alder

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 15, 1882

Born at Hamilton Ontario to Robert and Emily (nee Darnell) Alder


Jul 28, 1909

Married to Susan Smith at Hamilton Ontario


Jul 26, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Hamilton 

Ø      Number 141364

Ø      Next of kin given as Susan Alder, wife, of 362 Wilson St, Hamilton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company 

The Battalion was training at the Niagara Camp


Sep 15, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days CB (Confined to Barracks).  The reason for the punishment is not recorded in the file


Sep 30, 1915

Pte Alder was part of a draft of 255 All Ranks that left the Niagara Camp by train for Toronto, then on to Montreal


Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the RMS Scandinavian as part of the 1st Draft of the 76th Battalion at Montreal Quebec


Oct 10, 1915

Disembarked at Portsmouth England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion at the West Sandling Camp


Feb 19, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve at La Clytte


Dec, 18, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jan 17, 1917

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Feb 10, 1917

Proceeded on the Pigeon Course


Feb 16, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Apr 9, 1917

First reported Missing in Action, then reported Killed in Action during the attack at Vimy Ridge


Lichfield Crater Cemetery
Thelus France



Although this is a mass grave, there was a cross erected by the men of the 21st Battalion that, in addition to his name, read “Buried at this spot”.  On July 20, 1922, that cross, and a photo of it taken before it’s removal, were sent to his wife, Susan Alder, by the Canadian Registrar of Graves.


After his death, the following were sent to his widow


Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll

Ø      Memorial Cross


There was only 1 Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him


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