Henderson, Thomas

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Overton

Name / Enw: Henderson, Thomas

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 8th Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 13764

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Helles Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 78 to 81.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: United Kingdom

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War and Victory Medals and 1915 Star

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died of Wounds and Buried at Sea 18th August 1915 age 21 years.

The only clue to this soldier was what was written on the Clwyd History Society Website for Overton War Memorial (WW1) http://www.clwydfhs.org.uk/cofadeiladau/overton_wm.htm, many thanks to them.

Clwyd FHS Website

Private
Thomas HENDERSON
13764
8th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 18 Aug 1915 21 Son of Mr & Mrs James Henderson, of 3, Hermand Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland. Helles Memorial, Turkey.

There is no Flintshire WW1 Index Card which were made out for Flintshire men in the services, but I have found out that not everyone who was either living in Flintshire or had been born in Flintshire and who had enlisted made one out for whatever reason, they were completed in 1919-1920 mostly.

Someone wanted him to be remembered on the Overton War Memorial as they put his name forward for it to be added.

Is this “Our” Thomas Henderson?  His age is slightly out.

1911Census RG14; Piece: 16229; Schedule Number: 239

27, Smallbrook Road, Whitchurch, Salop (6 Rooms)

PENHALL, James Head 33 (Married 2 years) Assistant Master Secdy. School (Art) Grammer School born St. Austell, Cornwall,

PENHALL, Alice Louise Wife Married (No children born) 34 born St. George,Bristol

HENDERSON, Thomas William Boarder 15 Single Grammer School born – Not Known – (Guardian will not tell)

Thomas Henderson in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 confirms the regimental details above and tell us that Thomas was born in Edinburgh, resided in Ellesmere, Salop and enlisted in Wrexham, it also tells us that he died of wounds and probably was buried at sea, if he was taken aboard a Hospital ship.

Thomas Henderson in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tells us again about his death, – died of wounds, at Sea and also that his Sole Legatee was his mother Jane who received £4 11s 6d on the 25th January 1916 and his War Gratuity of £3 on the 1st August 1919.

Thomas Henderson in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his first Theatre of War was the Balkans and his date of entry was the 28th June 1915, he was to died on the 18th August 1915, just over 7 weeks later.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson, of 3, Hermand Crescent, Edinburgh.

If anyone has any more information on Thomas Henderson, it would be gratefully received.