Lieutenant Henry L. Devlin
SAC 1911-1912

Lieutenant Henry Lyman Devlin was born on January 18, 1896 in Stayner, Ontario, son of Samuel L. and Margaret J. Devlin, later of Toronto, Ontario. He attended Stayner Public and High Schools followed by St. Andrew's College from 1911 to 1912.

From 1913-1915 He attended University College (of the University of Toronto) where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, a member of the "Varsity" (University of Toronto newspaper) staff, and employed as a journalist for the Toronto Star newspaper.

He had had previous militia service with the 9th Mississauga Horse when in Toronto on July 29, 1915 at the age of 19 years and 6 months, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force with 75th Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) Canadian Infantry. He reached France in the summer of 1916 and shortly afterwards when his battalion was in the line before St. Eloi, he and Lieutenant F. C. Howard took out a party for a night raid on the German trenches. When they reached the trench, the enemy opened fire with machine guns, killing him instantly and fatally wounding Lieutenant Howard. His body could not be found the next day by a search party which went out. It is thought that he was taken in by the Germans and buried beside his brother officer at Commines.

He was deemed missing on patrol and presumed killed in action at St Eloi, Belgium on September 9th, 1916 at age 20. His grave is unknown but his name is recorded on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 18 - 24 - 26 - 30). The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War.

  • Scanned Copy of Attestation Paper - Front - Back (National Archives)
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Henry Devlin. Also includes a link to his commemoration on Page 77 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Includes information from the "University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918" published in 1921.

Toronto Star Staff Memorial Plaque - Click for a larger picture

This memorial plaque stands in the main entrance of the
Toronto Star Building at 1 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario.