Henry King

Jan 6, 1897

Born in Vankleek Hill, Ontario


Nov 16, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Rockland, Ontario.  He was determined to be fit for service


Jan 3, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario under the MSA 

Ø      Number 3055223

Ø      Next of kin given as John Wallace, friend, Vankleek Hill, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the 3rd Regimental Draft 

The service number shown on the Particulars of Recruit page in his file is incorrectly recorded as 4020223.  This number does appear on other documents in the file, but crossed out and the correct number written in.  Additionally, the number 223 appears on the pay card that was created when he was sworn into the CEF.


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax Nova Scotia


Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for additional training


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 71 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Aug 27, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private King joined the Rear Details of the 21st Battalion in Achicourt, France as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements and assigned to “B” Company.  The main body of the battalion was involved in heavy fighting in the Sensee River Valley.  The rear details joined up with the main body of the battalion a few days later.


Sep 19, 1918

While in position with a Lewis Gun crew along the Arras-Cambrai Road near Cagnicourt, the battalion came under an enemy artillery barrage and Private King was instantly killed when a shell exploded near him.  He was later buried in the Dominion Cemetery located near Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, France.  The same shell also killed Private JA Kellar 3055379.

Following the war Private King’s family was entitled to receive the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross.  However no next of kin could be located and none of the above were issued.


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