John William (Jock) HENDERSON

HENDERSON, John William

Service Number: 420
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Broadmeadows, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 12th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Windermere, Victoria, 13 May 1895
Home Town: Windermere, Ballarat North, Victoria
Schooling: Ballarat Agricultural High School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Tuberculosis, Windermere, Victoria, 26 February 1929, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Learmonth Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 420, Broadmeadows, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 420, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 420, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne
20 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 420, 4th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 420, 12th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by susan meyer

Service no 420

4th Light Horse Regiment &

12th Field Artillery Brigade

Born Windermere, Vic.
Son of Charles Thomas HENDERSON
Of Windermere, Ballarat, Vic.
Occupation prior to enlistment Farmer
Enlisted 24 August 1914 at Broadmeadows, Vic.
Aged 19 years
Embarked 19 October 1914 per 'Wiltshire'
Trained at Mena Camp Egypt Dec 1914 – May 1915
Served at Gallipoli with 4LHR from 20 May 1915 – 6 October 1915
Taken off sick (nephritis) to O.C. General Hospital, Gibraltar then
Transferred to 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth, England 25.12.15
Time convalescing/ then light duties at Monte Video Weymouth, Tidworth, Abbey Wood and Perham Downs.
4th Light Horse Regiment split, some remaining in Egypt (Battles of Romani and Beersheba), other members like Jock serving in France with other Units.
To France to join Unit on 28 August 1916. Served on the Western Front, Etaples, and Rouen with 1st Anzac Light Horse Regiment, 2nd Anzac Corps, NZ Observation Party, and Salvage Party 25th Division, then finally with the 45th Battalion.
Returned to Australia aboard “D-30 Prince George” 12 October 1918 - arrived back in Melbourne on 25 December 1918 (Special 1914 Leave provisions)
Discharged 23 February 1919
After the War, Jock had the opportunity to retrain as a Hairdresser.

He had a Barber’s Shop in Brunswick/ Northcote in the early 1920s
But like his brother Charles, he eventually took to life as a soldier settler on his farm at Waubra north-west of Ballarat, Victoria
Jock and his brother Charles were instrumental in forming Ballarat R.S.S.I.L.A.
Jock was engaged to Annie Lamb of Learmonth (Annie died of TB in 1925)
Jock died of TB on 26 February 1929