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Manitoba Photographers: Harry Henfrey (1885-1949)

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Born at Kent, England on 17 November 1885, son of Nelson O. and Elisabeth Henfrey, in 1909 he married Nora Whetton (1886-1989) and had a daughter before coming to Canada in 1911, then three sons and a daughter after arrival. He was working as a painter at East Kildonan when, in July 1915, he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served overseas with the 78th Infantry Battalion. Wounded at Passchendaele, in 1918 he returned to Canada and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant. He convalesced in the Deer Lodge Military Hospital and later worked as a photographer, operating studios at Ninette, Virden, Brandon, and Kenora (Ontario). He died at the Deer Lodge Hospital on 21 July 1949 and was buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery at Kenora.

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Kenora, Ontario


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

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Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 22 July 1949, page 8.

“Kenora photographer, Harry Henfrey, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1949, page 14.

“Nora Henfrey 100th birthday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 May 1986, page 39.

Obituary [Nora Henfrey], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1989, page 47.

We thank Christy Henry for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 March 2017

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