Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Colonel Henry May Henderson

Photo of Henry May Henderson
House and time at Malvern: No 5, 1893 - 1895.

Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 10 March 1917 aged 38 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Aveluy Communal Extension M 1

Son of Capt. J. H. Henderson, R.N., and Mrs. J. H. Henderson, of Red House, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. b. 1879.
Army Side.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.E. 1899; Lieut.-Colonel 1917; with Ordnance Survey 1909-13 ; South African War 1901-02, Queen's Medal with 5 Clasps.
Great War, Chief Instructor R.M.A. 1914. Despatches (2).
18th Div. Royal Engineers

The Times: 'Lieutenant- Colonel Henderson K.E. obtained his commission in January, 1899, and served with the 12th Field Company in South Africa from February, 1901, to February, 1906, receiving the Queen's Medal with Five Clasps. In 1906-7 he was in the 11th Field Company, when Sir John French in the Aldershot command orders highly commended "the works reports of six officers (R.E.) during the winter training season." Lieutenant Henderson, as he then was, being one of the six. In January, 1908, he was promoted to Captain, and was afterwards in command of that Company until 1909, when he joined the Ordnance Survey, returning to Headquarters at Chatham in 1913. On the declaration of war he went to France with the 56th Field Company, taking part in all the fighting up to September 15th, when he was wounded during the struggle on the Aisne and sent home. On his recovery he was appointed to the Royal Military Academy as Chief Instructor in Military Engineering—a General Staff appointment—and retained that appointment until he was sent to the Front again in March, 1916, as Major in command of a Field Company. He was slightly wounded on July 9th. He was appointed temporary Lieutenant-Colonel last January, and appointed Commanding R.E. of a division. He was mentioned in despatches on January 4th. He fell in action on March 10th.'