Harry Wilfred Havens

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Jacksonville, New Brunswick, Canada

General information


Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
 —  Canadian Infantry, 26th Bn. (New Brunswick)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Crest Farm, Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Cemetery
Plot: XXXV
Row: E
Grave: 5

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Private Havens Harry Wilfred of the 26th Battalion (New Brunswick) Canadian Infantry (5th Canadian Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division) was killed in action on the 6th of November 1917. He was killed by a concussion from the explosion of a shell, at Passchendaele, at about 8.00 o’ clock on the morning of 6 November 1917.

The 2nd Canadian Division attacked with only one Brigade. The 6th Canadian Brigade advanced towards the village of Passchendaele at 6.00 a.m. By 8.45 a.m. the village and the eastern crest beyond were firmly in Canadian hands. The 5th Canadian Brigade formed the right flank using the 26th Battalion for the purpose.

Harry was killed when his battalion was consolidating the new front line to the right of the Passchendaele Church. He was buried, southeast of Crest Farm. His remains were reinterred in Tyne Cot Cemetery after the war.

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26th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC) RG9-III-D-3, Volume number: 4934, Microfilm reel number: T-10737--T-10738, File number: 421).
Sources used
McCarthy Chris., Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account (London, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018).
Sources used
Personnel Records of the First World War (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4159 - 5).
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War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Death (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (LAC), RG 150, 1992-93/314; Volume Number: 190).
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