George Henderson

Jul 17, 1888

Born in Wells, England to James and Sarah Ann (nee Brown) Henderson


Dec 29, 1914

Married to Pansy Louise Paine in St. Mathews Church, Toronto, Ontario.  His occupation is shown as Engineer


Mar 18, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59455 (temporary number 1317)

Ø      Next of kin given as Pansy Louise Henderson, wife, 40 Silver Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plumber

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the 4th Somerset Light Infantry in England

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company

o       He was later transferred to No. 1 Platoon, “A” 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 

His wife, Pansy, followed him to England and her address was changed to 67 Dendy Sq., Balham S.W. London, England


Jul 19, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 20, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 2 days pay in addition to being restricted to half pay for 1 month as punishment for being AWL


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


May 2, 1916

While out on a work party, he was buried by the explosion of an artillery shell.  He was dug out by his comrades and did not feel the necessity of reporting to the Medical Officer as he had no obvious injuries


May 6, 1916

While out on a work party he was hit in his helmet by a piece of shrapnel from a shell explosion.  There was no obvious wound, but it did cause a headache.  He again chose not to report to the Medical Officer as he felt he wasn’t wounded.


May 10, 1916

Private Henderson was found wandering about the area of Voormezeele, Belgium with no memory of where he was or of the events of the past 8 days.  He was admitted to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Melancholia and transferred the same day via the No. 29 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 8 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France.  The diagnosis was changed to read NYD (Not Yet Determined) Mental


May 26, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. George

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley where he is recorded as Sick Mental 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 6, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe and the diagnosis is changed to read Neurasthenia (a psychological disorder)


Jun 8, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate.  While in hospital he complained of people watching him and following him everywhere he goes.  Whenever there was a report of an air raid, he would become extremely agitated and run to the basement.


Oct 18, 1916

Medical Board finds that he is suffering from Neurasthenia, following on Shell Shock and hearing loss.  He is recommended for light duties in England only.  This decision was overturned 2 weeks later and he was recommended for return to Canada for discharge as Medically Unfit


Oct 31, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 25, 1916

Invalided to Canada aboard the SS Missanabie, embarking in Liverpool


Dec 4, 1916

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario 

TOS (Taken On Strength) Military District No. 2 in Toronto and on arrival was admitted to the Spadina Military Hospital


Dec 29, 1916

Discharged from hospital with a recommendation from the medical board that he be discharged from the CEF as soon as he is in receipt of a pension


Jan 13, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario as medically unfit for further service 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 40 Silver Ave., Toronto, Ontario 

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 2 Daisy Ave., Long Branch, Ontario (now part of Toronto)



Jun 17, 1961

George Henderson died in New Toronto and was buried in the Park Lawn Cemetery there


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