World War I Soldiers Remembered: Arthur Bryan Henley

4 May

Arthur Bryan Henley adj online

Arthur Bryan Henley was born August 26, 1897 in Goochland, Virginia. Arthur’s father was Erastus Henley and his mother was Mary Lou Alvis. Arthur was a 21 year old farmer living with his parents in the Sabot area of Goochland. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single and had grey eyes and dark hair.

He was inducted into service on September 5, 1918 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to the 97th Provisional Company. In the margin of his Military Service Record, Arthur wrote that his “outfit were replacement troops, no division.” He left Norfolk, Virginia on October 27, 1918. Arthur boarded the USS Koningin der Nederlander, a Danish ship that had been seized by the U.S. Government for service after entry into World War I. He arrived at Brest France on November 9, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, he was transferred to Pont Leroy, France.

Henley arrived back at Newport News aboard the U.S.S. George on February 23, 1919 and was officially discharged on March 8 of the same year. About his service, he wrote “I believe it has been a great help to me both mentally and physically.”

Arthur Bryan Henley House

Arthur Bryan Henley’s home, still standing as of 2018.

Arthur returned to Goochland where in 1927 he married Mabel Gathright. He remained a farmer for the remainder of his life. He passed away on March 27, 1977 at the age of 80 is buried in the Goochland Baptist Church cemetery.

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at goochlandhistory@comcast.net.

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