Henry Charles "Harry" Ablard
Harry Ablarde on WW1 Memorial in Belleville
Henry Charles "Harry" Ablard  ‎(I0019)‎
Given Names: Henry Charles
Nickname: Harry
Surname: Ablard

Gender: MaleMale
      

Birth: 21 February 1885 21 23 London
Death: 23 April 1915 ‎(Age 30)‎ Ypres, Belgium
Personal Facts and Details
Birth 21 February 1885 21 23 London
Address:

London
England

Emigration 26 April 1906 ‎(Age 21)‎ Liverpool, United Kingdom


Note: Harry emigrated to Canada, sailing aboard the Southwark, departing Liverpool 26-APR-1906 and arriving at Montreal 06-MAY-1906. Also aboard were his future wife Ethel Jane Worsfold, her siblings and parents, but it is not known to me whether or not they already knew each other at this time. They weren't married for another two years so who knows?
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Military 22 September 1914 ‎(Age 29)‎ Attestation Valcartier, , Quebec, Canada
Address:
Valcartier
Quebec
Canada

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Occupation Metal Polisher


Note: As listed in the birth certificates of his children.
Event 20 March 1915 ‎(Age 30)‎ Letter from the Western Front France


Show Details Note: The Belleville Intelligencer, May 11, 1915
Letter from Sergeant Harry C Ablard to the Rev. Canon Beamish, St. Thomas

"Dear Rector:—Just a line to let you know that I am getting on fine out here...

I wish you could pop into our little ‘dug-out’ and see our novel surroundings. It is very dark, and quiet to-night, and it is difficult to believe that a few yards away are the much talked of ‘rival’ of ours.

In the actual realities of this road of warfare, one loses a good deal of the bitterness one feels towards them at first. They are always singing and whistling and appear to take their lot as easily as we. Of course, there are times when we feel like putting them all to sleep and that is when you see some one you know being taken away for the last time.

Sincerely yours,

Harry C. Ablard.”

Death 23 April 1915 ‎(Age 30)‎ Ypres, Belgium
Address:

Ypres
Belgium

Cause of death: Shooting

Show Details Source: 1915 - Military Death Notice Henry Ablard

  Date of entry in original source: 22 April 1915


Show Details Note: The Belleville Intelligencer, May 27, 1915
“Death of Sergt. Ablard. Mrs. H.C. Ablard of Wharf street, Belleville, has received the following letter from Sergt. Malcolm A. Neilson.
"… I feel I must write you a few lines to express to you my great sympathy for your loss and also to tell you something of the splendid conduct of your husband in the last fight.
I shared a tent with Harry and two other Sergeants all the time we were at Salisbury Plain, and since we came out here I had lived with him practically all the time. I really cannot tell you what a splendid comrade he was. … You will be glad to hear that his thoughts were often with you and his children. He would speak of you and them with pride and affection, and you have good reason to be proud of him.
In the great fight near Ypres our company had a hot corner to hold. On the morning of Friday, April 23rd, he gallantly placed himself in a very dangerous position, from which one or two men could fire into the German trench. Someone had to do the work and most heroically it was done. Your husband, I am told, shot down sixteen Germans before he was shot in the head. He lay unconscious for about an hour, and then died. He cannot have suffered at all. … Harry was reverently and carefully buried by his comrades at a spot not far from the village of St. Julien, of which you may have read in the papers.
I am Yours very sincerely,
Malcolm A. Neilson.”

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Parents Family  (F0053)
George John Ablard
1864 - 1907
Elizabeth Mary Fletcher
1862 -
Henry Charles "Harry" Ablard
1885 - 1915

Immediate Family  (F0008)
Ethel Jane Worsfold
-


Notes
Emigration Harry emigrated to Canada, sailing aboard the Southwark, departing Liverpool 26-APR-1906 and arriving at Montreal 06-MAY-1906. Also aboard were his future wife Ethel Jane Worsfold, her siblings and parents, but it is not known to me whether or not they already knew each other at this time. They weren't married for another two years so who knows?
Occupation As listed in the birth certificates of his children.
20 The Belleville Intelligencer, May 11, 1915
Letter from Sergeant Harry C Ablard to the Rev. Canon Beamish, St. Thomas

"Dear Rector:—Just a line to let you know that I am getting on fine out here...

I wish you could pop into our little ‘dug-out’ and see our novel surroundings. It is very dark, and quiet to-night, and it is difficult to believe that a few yards away are the much talked of ‘rival’ of ours.

In the actual realities of this road of warfare, one loses a good deal of the bitterness one feels towards them at first. They are always singing and whistling and appear to take their lot as easily as we. Of course, there are times when we feel like putting them all to sleep and that is when you see some one you know being taken away for the last time.

Sincerely yours,

Harry C. Ablard.”
Death The Belleville Intelligencer, May 27, 1915
“Death of Sergt. Ablard. Mrs. H.C. Ablard of Wharf street, Belleville, has received the following letter from Sergt. Malcolm A. Neilson.
"… I feel I must write you a few lines to express to you my great sympathy for your loss and also to tell you something of the splendid conduct of your husband in the last fight.
I shared a tent with Harry and two other Sergeants all the time we were at Salisbury Plain, and since we came out here I had lived with him practically all the time. I really cannot tell you what a splendid comrade he was. … You will be glad to hear that his thoughts were often with you and his children. He would speak of you and them with pride and affection, and you have good reason to be proud of him.
In the great fight near Ypres our company had a hot corner to hold. On the morning of Friday, April 23rd, he gallantly placed himself in a very dangerous position, from which one or two men could fire into the German trench. Someone had to do the work and most heroically it was done. Your husband, I am told, shot down sixteen Germans before he was shot in the head. He lay unconscious for about an hour, and then died. He cannot have suffered at all. … Harry was reverently and carefully buried by his comrades at a spot not far from the village of St. Julien, of which you may have read in the papers.
I am Yours very sincerely,
Malcolm A. Neilson.”

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Sources
Death 1915 - Military Death Notice Henry Ablard
  Date of entry in original source: 22 April 1915

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Family with Parents
Father
George John Ablard ‎(I0167)‎
Birth 1864 27 28 Middlesex, England
Death July 1907 ‎(Age 43)‎ Middlesex, England
-2 years
Mother
 
Elizabeth Mary Fletcher ‎(I0168)‎
Birth 1862 18 21 Poplar, London, England

Marriage: 22 October 1885 -- Poplar, Middlesex, London, England
-8 months
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Henry Charles "Harry" Ablard ‎(I0019)‎
Birth 21 February 1885 21 23 London
Death 23 April 1915 ‎(Age 30)‎ Ypres, Belgium
Family with Ethel Jane Worsfold
Henry Charles "Harry" Ablard ‎(I0019)‎
Birth 21 February 1885 21 23 London
Death 23 April 1915 ‎(Age 30)‎ Ypres, Belgium
Wife