Oscar Henry Henderson

Jan 6, 1894

Born on Wolfe Island, Ontario to Henry Osker and Ellen “Nellie” (nee Grant) Henderson


Dec 8, 1914

Married to Mary Agnes Sargent in Kingston, Ontario

His occupation was given as Mechanic


Feb 24, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59457 (temporary number 1276)

Ø  Next of kin given as Agnes Henderson, wife, 12 Dufferin St., Kingston

Ø  Previous occupation given as Sailor

Ø  Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 5th Field Battery Canadian Field Artillery

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

Oscar Henderson lied about his age on attesting, stating that he had been born January 6, 1894, not is actual birth date of November 25, 1893

Oscar Henderson had originally volunteered with the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles for service with the 39th Battalion CEF.  He is shown as being transferred to the 21st Battalion March 15, 1915

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Apr 10, 1915

While practicing a skirmishing drill, Private Henderson was slightly injured but carried on


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 9, 1915

Admitted to the ship’s infirmary with a diagnosis that reads Right Inguinal Hernia


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


May 25, 1915

Private Henderson reinjured himself and the hernia became very painful.  He was returning from a pass to London when he was caught in a rush of men trying to catch a train back to camp.


May 27, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Right Inguinal Hernia


Jun 14, 1915

Medical Board at Shorncliffe notes

Ø  Man suffers from a Right Inguinal Hernia that was caused by training in Canada

Ø  Diagnosis was confirmed while on board the SS Metagama while proceeding to England

Ø  Board recommends surgery but man refuses.  He claims a friend had the same surgery and his hernia returned and he fears the same result

Ø  Board recommends he be given a truss and light duties until he can be returned to Canada for discharge


Jun 25, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Liverpool



Jul 11, 1915

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Jul 12, 1915

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Patient is suffering from a Right Inguinal Hernia

Ø  Man suffers from pain when standing for extended periods or when marching

Ø  Man refuses to have surgery

Ø  Board recommends he be given 3 months pay and then be discharged from the CEF


Jul 13, 1915

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 12 Dufferin St., Kingston, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the British War Medal was sent to him at 284 Goyeau St., Windsor, Ontario


Jul 16, 1915

Oscar Henderson was reinstated in the Casualty Company, Military District #3 in Kingston for pay purposes pending approval of pension


Jan 22, 1916

Struck Off Strength on approval of pension


Jun 30, 1922

Oscar Henderson was divorced from his wife Agnes in Michigan.  He filed for the divorce stating extreme cruelty by his wife as the reason for requesting the divorce


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