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1914-1918 War Medal - Wire Party KIA

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1914-1918 War Medal - Wire Party KIA

(8553 PTE. W. HENDERSON. 2-CAN. INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Casualty Report. Footnote: Wesley Henderson was born on March 3, 1896 in Belfast, County Down, Ireland and was from Toronto, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper on September 22, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, stating that he was not married, that he had no previous military service and that his trade was that of Labourer. It is established that he was with the 2nd Battalion in the field by July 31, 1915. He was treated for tonsilitis on September 10, 1915, in addition to being admitted to No. 3 Field Ambulance on April 28, 1916 with shell shock experienced during the Second battle of Ypres. Fifteen months later, Henderson was attached to the 1st Brigade Wire Party and declared missing after a mine explosion and then declared Killed in Action on July 25, 1916, at the age of 18. It was documented in his Casualty Report that he had been "Previously reported Missing, now Killed in Action. Information is available that he was killed between 9 and 10 P.M. on the 25th July, 1916, whilst with a working party repairing wire entanglements in front of the trenches at Hill 60, Zillebeke, by the explosion of an enemy (German) mine directly underneath the party." Henderson is remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, which is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. (COM863)
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