Henderson, Andrew William

Elder son of William Henderson of Glasgow, and elder brother of Captain Thomas Harvey Henderson, M.C. (I, 1909-1914), Rifle Brigade, who fell on November 30th 1917 (see individual entry).  He entered Sunnyside from Mr. Bernard Rendall’s school at Copthorne and in 1911 was appointed a Commoner Prefect; his last year he was Head of House, in senior Division of Sixth Book, President of Golf Club and a Colour-Sergeant in the O.T.C. After a short period in Germany he went up in October 1913 to Balliol College, Oxford.

Very early in the war he was gazetted to the 6th Battalion Rifle Brigade and at a later date obtained a regular commission in the 1st Battalion. He was killed at Serre on July 1st 1916, on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme during heavy fighting in a German counter-attack which drove the British forces back. In the space of a few hours the Battalion suffered nearly 500 casualties.

Another OW, Lieutenant Valentine Braithwaite MC (E 1910-1912) was killed in the same action.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Henderson
  • Forenames or initials: Andrew William
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1908-1913
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 13th June 1894
  • Date of Death: 1st July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pier and Panel 16B-C