Henry Welch


Oct 8, 1897

Born to James and Sarah (nee Jones) at Minden Ontario


Feb 10, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF at Minden Ontario 

Ø      Number 726124

Ø      Next of kin given as James Welch (father) of Halls Lake Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

Note that his brother, Charles Welch attested into the same Battalion 2 months earlier and was also assigned to “D” Company


Jul 7, 1916

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother, Sarah Welch


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic along with his brother at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion along with his brother, Pte Charles Welch


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join unit


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Division Reserve at Bully Grenay conducting training and re-fitting equipment


Dec 31, 1916

A second Will was made out, again leaving his estate to his mother


Jan 17, 1917 His brother Charles was killed during a trench raid on this date


May 9, 1917           Killed in Action as described in the Battalion’s War Diary Below


This action was near Arleux-en-Gohelle, west of Vimy Ridge and was intended to capture a German Billeting area


He was initially buried in a battlefield grave at the South East corner of Winnipeg Road and the Arleux Loop.  Post war, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez France


Dec 9, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to the family at Halls Lake Ontario 

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny)

Ø      Scroll

Ø      Memorial Cross


Henry and his brother Charles

I wish to thank the Reeve of Algonquin Highlands Township, Carol Moffatt, and the Stanhope Heritage Museum for their assistance with research and photos for this tribute.  Please visit the Museum's website

Return to Tribute list