Herbert "Bert" Henry

Apr 25, 1877

Born in Mornington, Ontario to William and Sarah Anne (nee Watson) Henry


Feb 1, 1905

Married to Florence Bowling in Wentworth, Ontario


Oct 21, 1908

Shown on the payroll of the 91st Regiment Canadian Highlanders in Hamilton, Ontario with the rank of Corporal


Jun 19, 1913

Shown on the payroll of the 42nd Regiment Perth & Lanark Regiment at the Barriefield Camp with the rank of Sergeant


Dec 29, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59458 (temporary number 1203)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Florence Henry, wife, Box 204 Carleton Place, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 9 years in the 91st Canadian Highlanders and 2 years in the 42nd Perth & Lanark Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Later posted to No. 8 Platoon, “B” Company

On attesting, Herbert Henry lied about his age, stating he had been born in 1880, not his actual birth year of 1877

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


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jul 13, 1915

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Daughen who had been reduced in rank


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 1, 1916

Granted 1 a day extension to his leave


Jun 22, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Chamberlain who had been promoted


Aug 28, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty with the Carrying Party


Sep 16, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the field company and rejoined the 21st Battalion during the action at the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France


Sep 22, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt Hie who had died of wounds received


Nov 8, 1916

Attached to the Central Training Camp in Havre to be employed as an Instructor


Jan 21, 1917

Admitted to the No. 2 General Hospital, Quai d’Escale, Havre with a broken leg.  He stated he slipped off the boardwalk while leaving the dining hall and his left leg crumbled under him


Feb 7, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Warilda


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 6, 1917

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 27, 1917

Forfeited 3 day’s pay for overstaying a 48 hour pass


May 18, 1917

Granted 10 days sick leave with instructions to report to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford on completion of his leave


Jun 5, 1917

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent from midnight June 4 to 11:40 am June 5


Sep 27, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Oct 18, 1917

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool



Oct 28, 1917

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Nov 13, 1917

Taken On Strength Military District No. 1 Casualty Unit in London, Ontario


Dec 1, 1917

Medical Board in London, Ontario notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Hypermetropia (far sightedness), internal derangement of left ankle and left index and middle fingers amputated

Ø  Left ankle and lower leg deformed due to fracture suffered at the front

Ø  2 fingers left hand amputated due to being caught in coupling of cars prior to enlistment

Ø  Left ankle is sore after walking any distance

Ø  Board recommends he be classed as Category C3, meaning he was fit for sedentary work such as Clerk in Canada only


Dec 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Sergeant

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 282 Albert St., Stratford, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 24 Brock Ave., St. Catharines, Ontario


Aug 23, 1971

Herbert Henry died and was buried in the Avondale Cemetery, Stratford, Ontario



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