Harry Hopkinson

Sep 12, 1884

Born in Hucknall-under-Huthwate, Nottinghamshire, England to William and Eliza (nee Tagg) Hopkinson


Apr 4, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion CEF in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 246105

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Catherine Nora Hopkinson, wife, 17 Plymouth Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Dairyman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion trained in the Rockcliffe Camp


Jan 18, 1917

The battalion left Ottawa and proceeded to Amherst, Nova Scotia to continue training


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 12, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Oct 9, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp he joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines east of Vimy Ridge


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company of the Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from duty with the field company


Apr 4, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 26, 1918

During the battalion’s advance of the Cojeul River near Wancourt, France, Private Hopkinson received a wound to his left arm in the early morning and was evacuated to the No. 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was then transferred the same day to the No. 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  Because of the seriousness of the wound, he was transported via the No. 20 AT (Ambulance Train) to hospital


Aug 27, 1918

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers for treatment


Sep 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples to continue his recovery


Sep 7, 1918

Transferred to the No. 12 Convalescent Depot in Aubengue


Sep 20, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent depot and sent to the No. 5 Rest Camp for therapy


Sep 23, 1918

Left the rest camp and proceeded to the No. 2 CIBD and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Oct 2, 1918

Left the base depot and joined the CC Rein C


Oct 5, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he rejoined the 21st Battalion in front lines west of Cambrai


Oct 11, 1918

6 days after rejoining the battalion, an attack was launched on the town of Avesnes-le-Sec near Iwuy and Private Hopkinson was first reported missing, then reported to have been killed.  He was buried in the Niagara British Cemetery in Iwuy, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Catherine Hopkinson, 214 Gloucester St., Ottawa, Ontario

There was no Memorial Cross for his mother as she had predeceased him


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