Henry George Trail

Nov 2, 1886

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland to William Leslie and Mary Ann (nee Anderson) Traill


May 14, 1910

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Glasgow, Scotland


May 23, 1910

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario to be with his brother


Jun 26, 1916

Attested into the 204th Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 238037

Ø  Next of kin given as Jemima Traill, wife, 429 Morley Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 4th Battalion Black Watch Highlanders for 3 years as a Private and a Naval volunteer for 2 years

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

The battalion trained on the Exhibition Grounds in Toronto


Mar 26, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Otterpool, before moving on to the East Sandling Camp, where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 2nd Reserve Battalion in East Sandling to continue training


May 27, 1917

Transferred to the 125th Battalion in Witley


Jun 9, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Traill joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Mar 15, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements


Apr 25, 1918

While the battalion was in the front line trench near Mercatel, France, Private Henry George Traill received fatal wounds and was buried 2 days later in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Bellacourt, 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. J. Traill, 385 Pape Ave., Toronto, Ontario


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