Adam Henderson

Aug 27, 1872

Born in Valcartier, Quebec to William and Susan (nee McKinley) Henderson


Jun 3, 1899

Married to Jane Sissons in Quebec City, Quebec


Apr 30, 1906

Adam’s wife Jane, died in Ottawa, Ontario


May 17, 1911

Married to Maude May Hudson in Lindsay, Ontario

At the time of his marriage he was employed as a Contractor and stated he was Widower


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59454 (temporary number 182)

Ø  Next of kin given as Bessie Henderson, wife, Trenton, Ontario

o   It was later discovered that Bessie was not his legal wife but that he was married to Maude May (nee Hudson) Henderson

Ø  Previous occupation given as Railway Construction

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

Adam Henderson lied about his age, stating he had been born in 1878, not his actual birth year of 1872

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 6, 1915

Employed with the Garrison Military Police in Kingston


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

Separation Allowance and Pay Assignments were stopped when Adam’s brother advised the CEF that Bessie was not his wife.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 29, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section for duty


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company


Aug 1, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being drunk on duty


Oct 10, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Army Tunnelling Company for duty


Nov 1, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being Absent Without Leave from 5:30 pm October 28 until 9:15 pm the same day


Jan 23, 1917

Granted leave to England until February 2, 1917


Feb 5, 1917

Rejoined from leave


Aug 7, 1917

Transferred to the 7th Battalion CRT (Canadian Railway Troops)

On being transferred, his rank was changed to read Sapper


Sep 4, 1917

Next of kin was changed to read Rhoda Henderson, daughter, 28 Wood St., Toronto, Ontario


Sep 15, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Nov 1, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant without pay


Nov 25, 1917

Granted leave to the United Kingdom until December 9, 1917


Dec 13, 1917

Rejoined from leave


Jan 1, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Feb 4, 1918

Reprimanded for being absent from morning parade


Feb 19, 1918

Reprimanded for rendering himself unfit for duty by excessive use of alcohol


Mar 1, 1918

Confirmed in rank of Sergeant


May 20, 1918

Forfeited 2 days pay and severely reprimanded for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) from 9:30 pm May 18 until 10:30 am May 18. 

Reverted to the rank of Sapper at his own request


Jun 28, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Nov 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to the United Kingdom


Dec 14, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Jan 26, 1919

Proceeded to England on being transferred to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, pending return to Canada


Feb 13, 1919

Admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital in Witley with a diagnosis that reads NYD “Q”.  This was later changed to read Chancroid, a genital infection


Feb 24, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 27, 1919

Transferred to Military District #3, Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Apr 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool



Apr 5, 1919

Admitted to the ship’s infirmary with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Apr 9, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246143

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at 32 Wood St., Toronto, Ontario


Sep 17, 1930

Adam’s wife Maude, died in Lindsay, Ontario


Jun 20, 1931

Married to Lillian Whyte in Brighton, Ontario

At the time of his marriage he was employed as a Construction Foreman and stated he was a Widower


Aug 14, 1947

Adam Henderson died while a patient of the Red Chevron Veteran’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Prospect Cemetery, Toronto.  His previous occupation was shown as Guard at the Bell Telephone Company and his widow’s name is shown as Sarah Elizabeth White


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