Henry Charles Vivian

Nov 27, 1880

Born in Liverpool, England


Nov 11, 1915

Attested into the 32nd Depot Overseas Battery CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 305546

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Jane Vivian, wife, 236 Wellington St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø  Previous military experience given as 12 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the battery’s 2nd Regimental Draft


Dec 18, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in St. John, New Brunswick


Dec 27, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and TOS (Taken On Strength) the CFA (Canadian Field Artillery) Reserve Brigade


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 132 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 16, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Vivian joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Divion, France and was assigned to No. 6 Platoon, “B” Company


Feb 11, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and transferred to the rest station at No. 6 CFA


Feb 13, 1917

Discharged to duty from rest station


Feb 22, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Support


Aug 15, 1917

During fierce hand to hand combat in the battle for Hill 70 near Lens, France, Private Henry Charles Vivian was killed in action.  His identifiable body was never recovered from the battlefield and his name is listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war in France that have no known grave.


Following the war, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. H.C. Vivian, 3 Cataraqui St., Kingston, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah J. Vivian, Quebec St., Kingston, Ontario





Henry Charles Vivian is honoured on Kingston’s Memorial Wall (above)
and on a plaque in Kingston’s City Hall, below



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