Henry King


Oct 16, 1898

Born in Toronto, Ontario to George Willis and Mary (nee McGuffan) King


Jul 26, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion in Smiths Falls, Ontario 

Ø      Number 144429

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary King, mother, 547 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 months in the Mississauga Horse, Canadian Militia, in Toronto

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

On Attestation he lied about his age, stating that he was born October 18, 1895


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California in Quebec City, Quebec, as part of the 77th Battalion’s 1st Reinforcing Draft

Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England

After his arrival in England he was transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion in the Tidworth Barracks on the Salisbury Plain for additional training.


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st battalion.

After short stay here, he joined the 21st Battalion at the front.


Sep 15, 1917

During the Somme Offensive, the 21st Battalion was given the task of attacking a German strong point in a sugar refinery on the Albert – Bapaume Road, just south of Poziéres, France.  During the heavy fighting there, Private King was first reported to be missing, but he was later, confirmed to have been killed in action, a month before his 19th birthday.  He was subsequently buried in the recently created Sunken Road Cemetery.  

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his family, along with the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll. 

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. George King, at 494 Dundas St., Toronto.


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