Colin HENDERSON

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HENDERSON, Colin

Service Number: 1752
Enlisted: 9 January 1915, Cadets
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Lawrence, New South Wales, Australia, February 1895
Home Town: Lawrence, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Mosman State Public School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: SWs head, both hands & legs & exhaustion due to Septic absorption, 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, England , 22 May 1917
Cemetery: Brighton Borough Cemetery, East Sussex, England
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Memorials: Ashfield Presbyterian Church Great War Memorial Window, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1752, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Cadets
10 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1752, 2nd Infantry Battalion
10 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1752, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
7 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1752, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), SW head, both hands & legs DoW England

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 22nd May.... Private Colin Henderson was born at Lawrence (in the Maclean District), New South Wales in 1896. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 9th January, 1915 as a 20 year old, single, Labourer from Granville, Sydney, NSW.

Private Colin Henderson embarked from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Argyllshire (A8) on 10th April, 1915 with the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcements & joined 2nd Battalion at Gallipoli on 26th April, 1915.
Private Henderson was admitted to Field Ambulance on 10th June, 1915 with defective teeth then transferred to Hospital Ship before being admitted to Hospital at Mudros. He was discharged on 24th June, 1915.

Private Henderson was transferred to Alexandria on Hospital Ship with Dysentery & was admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Heliopolis on 27th June, 1915. He was discharged to duty on 29th June, 1915.
Private Henderson was admitted to 16th Stationary Hospital at Lemnos on 24th October, 1915 for dental work then discharged to Convalescent Depot on 3rd November, 1915. He was transferred to Anzac Advance Base on 16th November, 1915 from Rest Camp then allowed to rejoin his Unit on 6th December, 1915.

Private Henderson was written up for a Crime at Mudros on 31st December, 1915 – 1. Drunk at Greek Pier about 4 pm on 30th December, 1915; 2. Absent from 2.30 pm Roll Call. He was punished by forfeiting 1 days’ pay & fined 5/-.

Private Henderson was transferred from Mudros on 7th January, 1916 & arrived at Alexandria on 10th January, 1916 then joined Overseas Base at Ghezireh on 11th January, 1916. He was posted to 1st Training Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 7th May, 1916.

Private Henderson had been posted to Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire, England (no date recorded or when he arrived) but then proceeded to his Unit overseas from Perham Downs on 31st July, 1916 & was taken on strength of 1st Australian Divisional Base Depot in France on 1st August, 1916.
Private Henderson was written up for a Crime on 4th August, 1916 while posted at Etaples – 1. Drunkenness & 2. Absent without leave from 7 pm to 9 pm on 3rd August, 1916. He was awarded 28 days Field Punishment No. 2.

Private Henderson was posted to 2nd Battalion in France on 26th August, 1916.

Private Henderson was written up for a Crime on 16th September, 1916 while in France – Disobedience of Orders in that he was absent without leave from billet from 13.45 to 22.00 hours on 14th September, 1916. He was awarded 14 days Field Punishment No. 2 & forfeited 1 days’ pay.

Private Henderson was written up for a Crime on 22nd January, 1917 – Disobedience of Orders in that he was absent from Parade at 13.15 on 19th January, 1917. He was awarded 14 days Field Punishment No. 2.

Private Henderson was on command at Divisional School in France from 5th February, 1917.

Private Henderson was written up for a Crime on 16th February, 1917 while in France – Disobedience of Orders in that he overstayed leave & remained absent from billet from 21.00 hours on 11th February, 1917 until 08.00 hours on 13th February, 1917. He was awarded 14 days punishment & forfeited 3 days pay.
Private Colin Henderson rejoined his Battalion from School in France on 28th February, 1917.

Private Colin Henderson was wounded in action in France on 7th May, 1917. He was admitted to Field Ambulance with bullet wounds both legs & thigh & fractured right arm. Private Henderson was transferred to Casualty Clearing Station then on to Hospital at Etaples before being invalided to England on 17th May, 1917 on Hospital Ship.

Private Henderson was admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, England on 18th May, 1917 wounded & was dangerously ill.

Private Colin Henderson died on 22nd May, 1917 at 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, Sussex, England from multiple wounds received in action in France - Shrapnel wounds to head, both hands & legs & exhaustion due to Septic absorption.

He was buried in Brighton City (Bear Road) Cemetery, East Sussex, England where 28 other WW1 Australian (or connected to Australia) War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/bear-road.html

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