According to his attestation papers dated August 14, 1915 at Toronto, William Norman Hendry was born on December 11, 1893 in Mimico, Ontario. He listed Frances Hendry of Mimico as his next of kin. He was a fruit grower and was a member of the 36th Peel for 1 month. He was 22 years of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall. He had grey eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion. He was Methodist.
His brother Robert also enlisted but was killed in the war.
According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living with his brother Ralph Hendry on the north side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.