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Ernest Albert HENDERSON

Regimental number3798
Place of birthRankins Road, Kensington, Victoria
SchoolBroundy Road, North Melbourne, Victoria
AddressKellett Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 2.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, William H. Henderson, 110 Arden Street, North Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the School Cadets. Previously rejected for enlistment on account of height ('before being reduced to 5ft 2 ins.')
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death20.6
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration details V.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie HENDERSON, 110 Arden Street, North Melbourne. Native of Kensington
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2603 Pte Leslie Donald HENDERSON, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 14th Bn, 4 March 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 15 March 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, Tel el Kebir, 17 March 1916.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 4 April 1916, of disobedience of orders whilst on line of march: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1310801: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 2479 Pte R.W. HILL, 60th Bn (patient, No 8 Stationary hospital, Boulogne), 30 September 1916: 'On July 21st about 6.45 p.m. the 60th made a charge at Pozieres. Informant got wounded and managed to crawl to within 30 yds of the parapet of our lines. There he lay waiting to be brought in, which did not happen till the following afternoon. Henderson was lying wounded in the neck near informant. He managed to crawl into our trench, some hours before informant was brought in. Informant watched him crawl in all right, and says apparently he was not very bad.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HENDERSON Ernest Albert
Red Cross File No 1310801

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