World War I Soldiers Remembered: Frank Malvin Henley

11 May

Frank Malvin Henley gallery post

Frank Malvin Henley was born March 26, 1892 in Goochland, Virginia. His parents were Archer and Cora Henley. Frank’s job before the war was as a telephone line repairman with C&P Telephone Company. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had gray eyes and light hair.

He was inducted into service on May 16, 1918, assigned to the engineer section of the U.S. Army in Co. D, 29th Regiment. He left New York on July 8, 1918 on board the S.S. Toloa and arrived at Brest France on July 21, 1918.

Henley arrived back in the United States aboard the Princess Matoika on April 27, 1919. We know very little about his service in World War I because like many of the soldiers, he did not fill out his Military Service Record completely.

After the war, Henley took up residence on Hanover Avenue in Richmond and worked as an electrician in the city. Sadly, while Henley survived the battles of World War I, the war would follow him home and take his life here. While in France, Henley apparently contracted tuberculosis. The disease would end his life at the age of 32 on October 27, 1924.  He is buried in the Dover 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


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