Andrew Henderson

May 24, 1890

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland


Mar 9, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087231

Ø      Next of kin given as Miss Katie Henderson, sister, c/o the Registry Office, Edinburgh, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Current address given as Omemee, Ontario

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The battalion trained in the Lindsay area


Jun 2, 1917

The battalion embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool and proceeded to Seaford where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 2, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1917

After leaving the CIBD he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Oct 14, 1917

Private Henderson left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in the Suburban Camp near Villers au Bois


Nov 9, 1917

The battalion supplied a large work party while in the support trenches at Passchendaele, Belgium.  This work party came under German artillery fire and suffered many casualties.  Private Henderson could not be located after this attack and he was reported missing in action.


Nov 13, 1917

He was located in the area with shrapnel wounds to hands and arms and admitted to the No. 13 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid and then transferred to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France


Nov 20, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples to continue his recovery


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot in Trouville


Jan 2, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent depot and TOS the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples and classified “TB” (Temporary Base), meaning he could do light duties but not in a combat area


Jan 10, 1918

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with a diagnosis that reads Nasal Polyps (small growths in the nasal passages)


Feb 4, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Feb 6, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent depot and reported to the No. 2 CIBD


Feb 14, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Feb 19, 1918

Left the CC Rein C along with 19 other reinforcements to join the 21st Battalion in the Alberta Camp, near Carency, France


Mar 6, 1918

2 weeks after rejoining the battalion, a trench raid was carried out against the German lines near Lievin, France and Private Henderson was killed in heavy fighting.  He was buried in the Aix Noulette Communal Cemetery extension, west of Lens

Following the war his next of kin could not be located and no medals were issued.  He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medals

Andrew Henderson is commemorated on the Bethany, Ontario War Memorial

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