Cadet (Acting Sergeant) Charles Frederick McHenry
Killed in air training accident: June 8th, 1918
Canadian Machine Gun Depot, Royal Air Force
Charles Frederick McHenry was born in 1890 in Toronto, Ontario. He was educated at the Model School in Toronto and Upper Canada College. Charles worked professionally in the office of the Canada Foundry Company in Toronto, and later moved to Erindale where he married Donalda O’Neill. The couple attended St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Erindale. According to his obituary, he later joined the “dramatic profession”, and became an actor in New York.
Charles enlisted in 1916 with the Queen’s Own Rifles as a machine gunner. He was later retained as a machine gun Sergeant Instructor in England. He then joined the Royal Air Force as an Acting Sergeant, was assigned to the 195th Squadron, and was sent to Egypt for training. He was killed on June 8th, 1918 during training when his airplane collided with another cadet’s. Cadet (Acting Sergeant) McHenry is buried at the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. He was 28 years old and was survived by his wife and young child in Erindale.