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Geoffrey Koeppen HENDERSON

Regimental number5648
Date of birth26 July 1893
Place of birthSt Peters, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer and grazier
AddressTintinara, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.6
Height5' 7.25"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C E Henderson, Tintinara, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the St Peter's College Cadets; member, Tintinara Rifle Club.
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 September 1919

Military Cross

'For consistent good work and devotion to duty, during period 23.2.18 to 16.9.18. Lieut. HENDERSON was responsible for the supply of Ammunition and food to his Battalion during the heavy fighting near DERNANCOURT in March and April. Though exposed to heavy shell fire he carried out this duty in a highly satisfactor; since June of this year he has carried out the duties of Brigade Intelligence Officer. He kept in close touch with the situation during the advance on PROYART 8th August and again on Sept. 18 when the Brigade captured the Out-post Line of the HINDENBURG SYSTEM west of Bellenglise. This work had to be carried out under heavy fire and the information was of the greatest value in carrying out the operations to a successful conclusion.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Military Medal

'For good work and devotion to duty during the night 24th/25th February 1917 in STORMY TRENCH North East of GUEUDECOURT. He was in command of covering party detailed to assist bombing party. He showed great courage and set a splendid example to the men under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Raranga', 9 September 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 11 December 1919.

Medals: Military Cross, Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: Service No S69070.
Date of death13 October 1962
Age at death69
Place of burialNorth Road Cemetery, Nailsworth, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, HENDERSON Geoffrey Koeppen

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