Olive Newton "Newt" Henderson


Aug 31, 1896

Born in Spencerville, Ontario to Adam and Rebecca (nee McQuade) Henderson


Feb 1, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion CEF in Brockville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 639624

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Rebecca Henderson, mother, Spencerville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as Canal Guard Duty

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


May 8, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Aug 15, 1916

Reduced to the rank of Private.  No reason was given in the file for this reduction in rank


Oct 19, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Witley to continue training


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the 109th Battalion in Witley and assigned to “B” Company


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 124th Battalion in Witley


Jan 5, 1917

Transferred back to the 156th Battalion in Witley


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

After leaving the CIBD he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Mar 15, 1918

After leaving the CC Rein C, he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements


Apr 2, 1918

During the early morning hours of April 2, less than 3 weeks after joining the battalion, Private Henderson was killed by an enemy artillery barrage while waiting to be relieved from the front line near Neuville Vitasse. 

He was buried a short time later in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery, South West of Arras, France.  There was a wood cross erected when he was buried and that was replaced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission later with a permanent granite marker

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Henderson, Spencerville, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Adam Henderson, at the same address

Newt Henderson is shown below prior to his enlistment


Private Henderson is honoured on the Spencerville, Ontario War Memorial


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