Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 5, 1894
Place of BirthBarrhead, Renfrewshire
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMrs Jessie Hendrie, mother, North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Trade / CallingLabourer
Service Details
Regimental Number887064
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion188th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentNorth Battleford, Saskatchewan
Address at EnlistmentNorth Battleford, Saskatchewan
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 13, 1916
Age at Enlistment21
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathOctober 24, 1971
Age at Death77
Buried AtWoodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Hendrie, Archibald

Archibald Hendrie was born on 6 December 1893 in Barrhead, Neilston Parish in Renfrewshire, Scotland. His father Archibald Hendrie, a calico machine tenter, was from Bonhill, Dunbarton while his mother Jessie Little, a cotton mill worker, was from Neilston. Archibald and Jessie married on 30 December 1892 in Barrhead. Jessie, a widow, had previously married James Dakin in 1884 in Barrhead and had son William, born in 1885, from the marriage. Children born to Archibald and Jessie were Archibald, Robert (1896), Jessie (1898), and Muriel Jane (1901). By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to Hutchesontown in Glasgow. Sadly, Archibald Sr died in 1902 in Neilston.

Jessie and the children immigrated to Canada in 1909, arriving in Quebec aboard the Ionion on 23 August. The passenger list indicated that they were on their way to Kenora in northwestern Ontario. At the time of the 1911 census they were living in nearby Jaffray, boarding with dairy farmer Ezra Brundage. Jessie Sr was listed as the housekeeper and the children as herdsmen/domestics. At some point the family moved to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, with daughter Jessie listed as a patient at the Provincial Mental Hospital on the 1916 census.

Archibald enlisted with the 188th Battalion on 13 January 1916 in North Battleford. His occupation was given as labourer and his mother Jessie in North Battleford as next of kin. As a Private with the battalion Archibald arrived in England on 19 October 1916 aboard the Olympic. First transferred to the 15th Reserve Battalion, in May of 1917 he proceeded overseas for service with the 5th Battalion. A short time later he sustained a slight wound to the neck and was admitted to the No 3 Canadian Field Ambulance on 8 June, rejoining the unit on the 17th. However there followed many admittances to field ambulances, casualty clearing stations and hospitals with scabies, dermatitis, enteritis, and by early 1918 with “debility general”. Transferred to England, Archibald was diagnosed as having a nervous breakdown, exhaustion psychosis, and then dementia praecox. It was decided that he be returned to Canada for further treatment, arriving at Halifax aboard the Araguaya on 27 October 1918. He was discharged from service as medically unfit on 17 January 1919 at Toronto, rank of Private. His intended residence was given as Kenora.

At the time of the 1921 census both Archibald and his sister Jessie were patients at the Provincial Mental Hospital in North Battlefield, Archibald having been admitted in December of 1920. He was to spend many years in the institution, discharged on 6 March 1970. He then relocated to Cedars Villa in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Archibald died on 24 October 1971 at his home in Saskatoon. At the time of his death he was survived by his brother Robert and sister Muriel (Joseph Richard) Mohat of North Battleford. He was predeceased by his father, sister Jessie, and mother Jessie in 1937 in North Battleford. Archibald is interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon.

By Judy Stockham

Archibald’s grave marker photograph provided by Jane Wootten,


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