Henry Atchison

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 31, 1898

Born to Robert and Maggie (nee Scott) Atchison at Cornwall Ontario


Oct 24, 1916

Attested into the 240th Battalion at Renfrew Ontario 

Ø      Number 1042258

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Maggie Atchison, mother, of Cornwall Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Mar 1, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


May 3, 1917

Embarked the RMS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia

The Embarkation Roll shows his rank as Private


May 14, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford, where the entire Battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion


Sep 12, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements. 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Left the CIBD to join the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 27, 1917

Joined the CCRC at Villers Au Bois


Oct 18, 1917

Left the CCRC and joined the 21st Battalion in their billets at Ourton preparing for the upcoming attack at Passchendaele


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved into the front line in front of Passchendaele.   Pte Atchison was killed when the German Troops made an attack on the lines near Crest Farm

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Passchendaele Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs M Atchison, at Box 70, Cornwall Ontario



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte Henry Atchison's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

The photos below are of the War Memorial at Cornwall Ontario

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