Henderson, Thomas Harvey

Younger son of William Henderson of Glasgow and brother of Captain Andrew William Henderson (I, 1908-1913), Rifle Brigade, who fell in July 1916 (see individual entry). He came to Sunnyside (Turner’s) from Copthorne School, and in early 1915 obtained a commission in the Rifle Brigade.

He was badly wounded in February 1916 whilst serving with 6th Rifle Brigade and was awarded the MC. The citation read: “During an intense bombardment, he volunteered to go into the front-line trench, which was being demolished. He reached the trench with great difficulty, and, though wounded, remained encouraging the men during ten hours of very heavy shelling.” He later joined the 10th battalion, and in May 1917 was mentioned in despatches. By August he had won a bar to his MC “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although severely gassed and nearly blinded, he carried on with the utmost gallantry and determination during the attack on a strong enemy position, afterwards personally organising carrying parties for the front line under very heavy shell fire, and keeping the foremost troops well supplied with ammunition, rations and water. His initiative, cheerfulness and absolute disregard of personal danger were most marked throughout an exceptionally strenuous operation.”  10th Rifle Brigade were then involved in the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917, and during the German counter-attack, which saw them retake most of the ground previously lost to the British, Henderson fell at La Vacquerie, near Cambrai, on November 30th 1917, while acting as Adjutant. He was 20 years old and his place of burial is unknown -Henderson is commemorated on Panels 10 and 11 of the Cambrai Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Henderson
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas Harvey
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 21st May 1896
  • Date of Death: 30th November 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F5
  • Decoration: M.C. & Bar
  • Burial Site: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval