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Ronald Grahame HENDERSON

Regimental number2395
Place of birthNorth Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolSydney Grammar School, Sydney, New South Wales
OccupationBank clerk
AddressMower, Alexandria Street, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, S Henderson, Mower Alexandria Street, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date17 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 5 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Sailed in 5th Reinforcements of 18th Battalion. Served in Egypt (1915-1916). Wounded near Borsjrouier on 6th July, 1916 - obtained Commission Balliol College, Oxford on 1st March, 1917. Engaged in Bullecourt . Selected as Intelligence Officer, May, 1917. Recommended for Military Cross for services in this capacity on 20th September, 1917 near Westhock Ridge - wounded second time on 9th October near Passchendaele, March, 1918. Instructor in Intelligence at Australian Corps School. Rejoined Battalion on 1st April, 1918. Killed on 9th April, 1918 by shell while extricating platoon from their quarters at Village of Gentelles." Details from Father.
FateKilled in Action 9 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillage of Gentelles
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot I, Row F, Grave No.14), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Stephen and Helen HENDERSON, 350 George Street, Sydney

Military Cross

''For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed the greatest coolness and courage on two critical occasions, when his company had been caught in the open. He also worked at the consolidation of a position for three days under heavy shell fire, successfully completing the task. His personal reconnaissance reports from the front line were most valuable.''
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: Pte Hugh Grahame Henderson No. 3326, of 35th Battalion who died of wounds at Villers-Bretonneux on 4th April, 1918
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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