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Robert Oswald HENDERSON

Date of birth27 March 1875
Place of birthBendigo Vic
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationMerchant
Address'Lorn Villa', Forest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Next of kinWife, Mrs M A Henderson, 'Lorn Villa', Forest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Previous military service67th Infantry
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentMajor
Unit name38th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Promotions

Major


Unit: INF38
Promotion date: 1 May 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).

FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Rovert spelt Robert
Age at death from cemetery records43
Place of burialTempleux-le-Guerard British Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 44), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
131
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Marian HENDERSON; husband of M.A. HENDERSON, "Lorne villa", Forrest Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Medals

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his battalion had reched its objective he personally supervised the digging in and remained in the shell holes with his men. On another occasion, when his battalion was brought up from reserve to replace casualties, he did excellent work in re-organising the various units under heavy fire after many officers had become casualties. He set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 150
Date: 24 September 1918

Other detailsWar Service: Western Front Medals: Distinguished Service Order, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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