Grant Stuart Henderson

Oct 15, 1884

Born in Lucknow, Ontario to Thomas Freeburn and Catherine (nee McKenzie) Henderson


Nov 29, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He was passed as fit for service


Mar 19, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment in Vancouver, British Columbia 

Ø      Number 2022267

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Freeburn Henderson, father, 9609-101st Street, Edmonton, Alberta

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


May 15, 1918

Embarked the SS Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion to continue training 

On arrival in Seaford the entire draft was put into quarantine to ensure that none were suffering from the flu.


Jun 11, 1918

Released from quarantine to begin training in Seaford


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin Saint Vaast, France


Sep 19, 1918

Without having physically joining the 29th Battalion, Private Henderson was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 20, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details as part of a draft of 80 reinforcements from the reinforcement camp and was assigned to “B” Company.  The main body of the battalion was in the front line trenches near the Buissy Switch


Mar 3, 1919

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 53 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment and placed on the dangerously ill list


Mar 10, 1919

While still a patient at the No. 53 CCS, Private Henderson died of Broncho-Pneumonia and was buried in the nearby Houyet Churchyard Cemetery, Namur Belgium

Following the war The British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Thomas F. Henderson, 10950-81st Ave., Edmonton, Alberta

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. C. Henderson, at the same address


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