HENNELL, Arthur Samuel

Hennell, AS339152 Gunner, Canadian Field Artillery.

Born

29th October 1884, Gosport, Hampshire.
Son of Major Arthur Reginald Hennell and Frances Elizabeth of Jenniscombe, Tiverton, Devon.

Education

Blundell's School, from the age of 12, a “Day Boy”.
September 1897 – Summer 1900.

Career

On leaving Blundell’s in 1900, he went to Canada where he worked as an electrician.

Service

On 7th August 1916 he enlisted at Vancouver in the Canadian Field Artillery (68th O/S depot field battery). He went to the front in April 1917 and in August 1917 was badly gassed after serving his gun single-handedly for half-an-hour. In this condition he dragged a comrade, worse than himself for two miles to the nearest dressing station which, being under fire, was not manned. There he lay for twenty-four hours before being picked up by stretcher bearers. 

Personal Details

At attestation in Canada, he was described to be 31 years 9 months old, 6’½” tall with a 40” chest, fair complexion, blue eyes, reddish hair.  He has vaccination scars on his left arm and a small brown mark and was a member of the Church of England.

Death

20th April 1918, aged 33.
He was sent home to Canada but died in Halifax from the effects of the gas.

Burial/Commemoration

He is buried in Fort Massey Cemetery, Grave S. E. G. 27, Halifax, Canada.

Next of Kin

Husband of Mrs. A. S. (Kate) Hennell, of Suite 1, 503 Hornby Street, Vancouver, Canada, then of Sussex House, Grand Drive, Raynes Park, London, England.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Canadian Archives: www.collectionscanada.ca; Attestation: RG 150 1992-93/166 Box 4268-31
 “The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.4589
“The Blundellian”, March 1918, p381

 

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