Findlay Henderson

Nov 7, 1881

Born in Alexandria Scotland to Duncan and Christina Henderson


May 15, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087349

Ø      Next of kin given as James Henderson, brother, Waterfoot, Lancashire, England

Ø      Present address given as 58 Electric Ave., Rochester, New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Factory Worker

o       He was employed at the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The battalion trained in the Lindsay area 

It would appear that the date of his attestation is incorrect as he is recorded as entering Canada by ferry at Cobourg, Ontario May 16, 1917 with the stated purpose of joining the army


May 29, 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


Nov 14, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left the CIBD with 148 other reinforcements to join the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches near Les Tilleuls and assigned to “C” Company


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company of the Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the engineers


Oct 11, 1918

During the battalion’s attack on Avesnes-Le-Sec on the Marcoing Line, Private Henderson was killed in action and buried in the Niagara British Cemetery near Iwuy, north-east of Cambrai, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, James Henderson, County Police Office, West Derby, England 

No Memorial Cross was issued


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