Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Hendry

In memory of
James Hendry
June 13, 1941

Military Service:

Service Number:
Royal Canadian Engineers
1 Tunnelling Company
The following details are given in The London Gazette # 35962 of March 30th, 1943: The King has been graciously pleased, on the advice of Canadian ministers, to approve the posthumous award of the George Cross, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner. Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45.
Honours and Awards:
George Cross

Additional Information:

December 20, 1911 Falkirk, Scotland
June 28, 1940 Toronto, Ontario

Son of John and Janet Hendry, of Geraldton, Ontario. Brother of Robert, Jean and William. Several members of the Hendry family worked in Geraldton before the war. There were three gold mines on the southern outskirts of town, Hard Rock (1938-1951); Macleod-Cockshutt (1938-1970) and Little LongLac (1934-1956). Mr. Hendry was Master Mechanic at the MacLeod mine and was always known as Jack. Cpl Hendry (Jim) was a miner at MacLeod when he enlisted, so was his brother Robert. Both Robert and sister Jean also served overseas in the Second World War; both returned safely to Canada.

Commemorated on Page 32 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Grave Reference:
31. F. 9.
Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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