DOOLEY, William Henry

Photo from  Cliveden War Cemetery

The following records have been discerned for Private William Henry Dooley by Jennifer Layne for the BHCARA British Home Child Registry.

1911 English Census records place William Dooley as an Inmate in the Home for Working Boys at 61 Warwick Avenue, Maida Hill, Paddington, London, England.  He was 16 years of age, born about 1895 and was working as an Apprentice.

Library and Archives Canada
Given Name(s): William H
Surname: DOOLEY
Age: 15
Gender: M
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Date of Departure: 1912-04-20
Port of Arrival: Halifax
Date of Arrival: 1912-04-28
Year of Arrival: 1912
Party: Rev. Thomas Newsome
Destination: Ottawa, Ontario
Comments: Roman Catholic children
Type of Records: Passenger Lists
Microfilm Reel Number: T-4744
Children travelling together: H12AH
Source: Library and Archives Canada
Reference: RG 76 C1b
Item Number: 80473

Attestation papers were signed 22 Feb 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario.  William Henry Dooley was born 28 Jan 1894 in London, England.  He was a Waiter by trade.  He had no listed Next of Kin.  5'4" in height with hazel coloured eyes and auburn hair, he had a 2" scar on the right side of his head 3" behind his ear.  His religion was noted as Roman Catholic.

Commonwealth War Graves Registers and Circumstances of Casualty states that he Died of Wounds at the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Talow after suffering a gunshot wound that caused pressure of bone fragments in the  brain.  He also suffered from Meningitis.  His Next of Kin was noted as Miss Mary Dooley of 3rd Block Guest Street, Roscoe Street, London, England.  He was buried in Cliveden War Memorial Cemetery, Taplow, South Bucks District, Buckinghamshire, England.  Grave No. 4.

His grave reads: William Henry Dooley 410263 Pte. 78th Canadians born in City of London died Sept. 15th 1917 Aged 20 years.

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