Arthur John Endersby


Oct 2, 1893

Born in Bedford, England to Walter and Sarah Ann (nee Hooper) Endersby


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59300 (temporary number 751)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Endersby, brother, Whitby, Ontario

o       A pay assignment was paid to William Higginson, Inkerman, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 14, 1915

Private Endersby was recorded as being on a machine gun crew by HW McBride in his book “A Rifleman Went to War” on the day that Charlie Wendt was fatally wounded


Jun 5, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 14, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jul 28, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Dec 11, 1916

Proceeded on the Gas Course


Dec 16, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the gas course


May 9, 1917

“D” Company was sent forward under command of the 20th Battalion and supported the 19th Battalion on a counter attack at Fresnoy.  The enemy mounted a severe artillery barrage and the troops eventually had to withdraw due to heavy casualties when both flanks became exposed.  It was discovered that Lance Corporal Endersby was missing.  He was later presumed to have died for official purposes.  His name was submitted for inclusion on the Vimy Ridge Memorial, and shown below.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, W. Endersby, 27 Rose Lane, Biggleswade, England 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Apr 9, 1929

A report was filed by the IWGC (Imperial War Graves Commission) that his body had been found in a shell crater along with 2 other unidentified British soldiers and he was reburied in the Arras Road British Cemetery, near Roclincourt


Lance Corporal Endersby is also honoured on the Inkerman, Ontario War Memorila

Note the error in the battalion, it should read 21st Battalion

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