William "Willie" Henderson

Sep 9, 1898

Born in Belfast, Ireland to John Henry and Annie Henderson


Mar 14, 1912

Embarked the SS Corinthian in London, England under the care of the Barnardo’s Boys Home


Apr 1, 1912

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to the Barnardo’s Home in Toronto, Ontario 

He was subsequently sent to work as a servant/farmhand in Dufferin County, north west of Toronto


Sep 30, 1916

Attested into the 216th Battalion CEF in Camp Borden, Ontario 

Ø      Number 273826

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Robert (Jemima) Hampton, sister, 10 Ewarts Row, Belfast, Ireland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Present address given as Muncey Post Office, Ontario 

There appears to be a discrepancy as he is noted as passing his medical exam on the same date in Windsor, Ontario, 430 kilometers away 

The battalion trained in the Toronto area


Mar 17, 1917

Detailed for duty as Batman to Lieutenant G.H. Coghlan


Mar 20, 1917

Admitted to the Toronto Military Base Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Mar 28, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 18, 1917

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 29, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent and was absorbed into the 3rd Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 19th Battalion


Sep 13, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 975 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 19th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 21, 1918

Without having physically joining the 19th Battalion, Private Henderson was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 22, 1918

Private Henderson, along with 34 other reinforcements, joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details, some distance behind the Drocourt Quant front line where the battalion was engaged with the enemy. 


Oct 11, 1918

While the battalion was advancing on the Marcoing Line near Avesnes-le-Sec, Private Henderson was first reported to be missing in action, but later he was later determined to have been killed in action.  He was buried in the Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny shown below) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs. R Hampton, 50 Ewarts Row, Belfast, Ireland 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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