Harry Colley

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 27, 1892

Born in Bolton, England


Mar 14, 1914

Embarked the SS Alsatian in Liverpool

Mar 21, 1914

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to St. Catharines, Ontario


Jun 30, 1915

Shown on the payroll for the Welland Canal Force of the 19th Lincoln Regiment, guarding the canals and locks of the Welland Canal


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion in Niagara, Ontario

Ø      Number 141643

Ø      Next of kin given as John J. Colley, brother, 18 Plato St., Bolton, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Stated that he was a current member of the 19th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to No. 12 Platoon, “C” Company

The battalion began it’s training in the Niagara Camp at Niagara on the Lake, but in November of 1915 it moved to Camp Borden, Ontario to complete the training schedule.


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jul 12, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the Chippewa Camp near La Clytte.


Sep 15, 1916

During the attack on a sugar refinery in Courcellette, Private Colley, was first reported missing, but his body was found on the battlefield and buried near where he fell and the location was recorded.

When the war ended, the Graves Registration Commission made the attempt to locate all the battlefield burials to relocate them to organized cemeteries.  Pte Colley’s grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, John Colley, 18 Plato St., Bolton, England.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


Private Colley is also honoured on a St. Catharines, Ontario city hall plaque

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