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Henry Ernest Sulivan


Sulivan, Henry Ernest, enlisted at Seaford, England, from Wilmington, Woking, England. Occupation: Soldier. Military Service: Lieutenant, Captain (Acting Major), PPCLI. Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Heard that among the officers they killed are Capt. Sullivan [H. E. Sulivan],” 5:30 Oct ’17. According to Hodder-Williams, 90, Sulivan was wounded 5 February 1915 and died of wounds received at Passchendaele on 31 October 1917.

Additional Biographical Information

“Sulivan Henry Ernest. Acting Major. Born in Bristol, England Apr 1888. Enlisted in the PPCLI as a Lt. Arrived in England with the 1st Canadian Contingent Oct 1914. Crossed to France with the Regiment 20 Dec 1914. Wounded by a bullet fracturing his right leg 24 Feb 1915. Evacuated to England 7 Mar 1915. Sent on sick leave 9 Mar – 6 Aug 1915. Passed his medical board 18 Aug 1915 and returned to Depot. Posted to 11th Reserve Bn. 21 Sep 1915. Deemed unfit for general service for two months 13 Oct 1915. Declared fit for general service 7 Dec 1915. Hospitalized with a fractured jaw 20 Feb 1916. Discharged to duty 9 Mar 1916. Still suffering leg problems but declared fit, less marching 20 Apr 1916. Posted to the RCR/PPCLI Depot 27 Apr 1916. Appointed acting Quarter Master 12 May 1916. Promoted to Capt 9 June 1916. Crossed to France 17 Jun 1916. Joined the PPCLI in the Ypres Sector where he took over a rifle company as an acting Maj while so employed 18 Jun 1916. Granted leave from 5-20 Dec 1916. Relinquished major rank 27 Dec 1916. Granted 10 days leave from 5 Mar 1917. Hospitalized with influenza at 20th General Hospital at Camiers, France, 25 Mar 1917. Evacuated to England 29 Mar 1917. Posted to the 7th Reserve Bn 1 May 1917. Crossed to France 15 Jun 1917. Joined the PPCLI in the Vimy Ridge Sector 21 Jun 1917. Granted 10 days leave from 13 Oct 1917. Returned to unit 27 Oct 1917. General Action: 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Shot in the chest by a sniper after taking command of the front line in the consolidation phase 30 Oct 1917. Died of wounds at 10 Field Ambulance, 31 Oct 1917. Age 29.” See Stephen K. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders 1914-1918, 121, 136.


Date of Death: 31 October 1917. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Oxford Road Cemetery, northeast of Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Grave Reference: I.K.9.


Oxford Road Cemetery, northeast of Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium.


Oxford Road Cemetery