James Patterson Henderson

Apr 10, 1874

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Apr 22, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087330

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Jessie McRae, sister, 91 Gloucester St., Glasgow, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      His current address was given as 1 St. Antoine St., Montreal, Quebec 

The battalion trained in the Lindsay area


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


Sep 2, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

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


Oct 14, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Nov 9, 1917

While the 21st Battalion was in the forward area of Passchendaele, Belgium, a large work party was supplied to help repair trenches.  While this work party of about 200 men were moving into their work area, an artillery barrage caught them in the open and they suffered many casualties, Private Henderson being one of them.  A shell exploded in the midst of the group he was with and it became impossible to identify the individuals for burial and he is most likely buried as an unidentified soldier.

As a result of having no known grave, he is commemorated on the panels of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Following the war, no family members could be located and no medals were issued for his service


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