SBI (Saltspring Bureau of Investigation)

Henry Emerson

From: <>Rachel Hon
To: <>Salt Spring Island Archives
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 2:20 PM
Subject: WWI soldier

I am a reseracher from the International Bacalaureate. I am doing a research on a soldier who lived in Ganges Salt Spring Island BC in the 1900s. He was in the First World War. I would like it if you could find me any articles that he was in as well as his eulogy.
I apologize for the inconvenience, the soldier's name is Henry Emerson.
Please send it to my e-mail as soon as possible.
Thank you

Henry Emerson

Could that look like Emersom, H?



The archives staff will research your request as soon as it is possible. However, we need to know the approximate date of death in order to speed up recovery of information.

It might help if you contact the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 92, 120 Blain Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 2P7 Phone Number: 250-537-5822 as they might have some of the information that you require. I suggest that you provide as much information as you can, in order to make it possible for research to be conducted.

When you let us know an approximate date for the information that you require, we will be glad to see if we can find obituary and other pertinent information.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Davidson
Archives Staff.


Dear Mary Davidson,

Henry Emerson was born in Victoria BC on December 6th, 1893.
He died in the Vimy Ridge Battle in France, and today he is buried in the Arras road Cemetary in Roclincourt France.
He died between April 8th - 10th in 1917

Thank you very much for all your information and your help. I will surely contact them as soon as possible.

I would like the information as soon as possible, at least before next week.

Thank you again,


Hi,Mary,now I have a name it is ok ! Henry Emerson was a very dear friend of all the Mouat family. I think he was also an early shareholder in the store .I rather think he was close to Aunt Jessie Toynbee. Certainly there are several portraits of him that came from Manson Toynbee's stuff. Possibly even some letters. I will see if I can track things down. I had filed most of the Mouat stuff and given it to Laurie Fiander because she seemed the most interested. No one is answering their phone,possibly they are away. I have left a message also with Tom Toynbee.

Here is a photo of Henry Emerson with the Ganges Football Team (centre row right)

Henry Emerson

I was intrigued by your societies short article about Henry Emerson
So I searched around and created a blog post about him and his family, hopefully it will pay off one day, (these things take time sometimes ! )
Niall Williams, Coquitlam, B.C.
Cheers, great informative site you have. cosy!