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John Francis Henning (1922-1944)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, January 21, 1944

    Mr. and Mrs. Frank Henning, well-known and highly respected residents of Atlin, B. C., were officially notified last Friday that their only son, pilot officer Francis Henning, R.C.A.F. had been killed in a plane accident at Centralia, Ontario. No further details were furnished.

    The news was a great shock throughout the community where Francis was held in the greatest affection. He passed with high marks in all his examinations and was an instructor at the time of the unfortunate accident. Last summer he visited his parents and friends in Atlin and Whitehorse on what was then presumed to be his farewell leave before going overseas.

    Francis was of a loveable character, possessed of many sterling qualities which were fully recognized and appreciated by all his friends and was but 21 years of age at the time of the unfortunate mishap. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his grief-stricken parents, a sister Marian who is at present attending high school at Dawson, Y.T. and the guest of Mr. and Mrs. MacLeod White in that city, and two grand-parents, Mrs. Richard Dunlop of Atlin, B. C. and Mrs. T. White of Seattle, Wash., to all of whom is extended sincerest sympathy in their sad and unexpected bereavement.