Name: Roy Douglas Henderson

 

Birth Date: 1897 Where: Narabri, New South Wales
Died: 29 July, 1916 Where: Pozieres, France
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane, Queensland Age: 18
Serial Number: 575 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph Henderson

Service Details:

 

 

11 May

1915                      Enlisted

9 June

1915                      Embarked Australia

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July

1916                      Killed in Action, Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Henderson in 1897 at Narrabri NSW, along with his twin brother Erle. He had two older brothers, Arthur and John (Stewart).
Roy was only eighteen years old when he enlisted in Brisbane in 1915. Most of his training was on the Ascanius and in Egypt before joining the 7th Brigade at Gallipoli. Here in December he was hospitalised for jaundice and then transferred to Mudros and then Egypt for treatment
After Gallipoli, Roy was hospitalised again, with mumps, but he recovered in time to volunteer for the June 6/7th Trench Raid. He was one of two appointed messengers for the trench raid. A role made more important by the failure of telephone communications Roy is No. 4 in the group photograph.
Roy was killed just seven weeks later, on the 29th July 1916, at Pozieres.  Tragically his older brother John, who had independently enlisted in the 26th Battalion, was killed in the same action on the same day.  Roy’s twin Erle who had enlisted with the 9th Battalion was killed in April, 1918.  Arthur, the only surviving brother, was discharged in June 1918 for family reasons.
The Red Cross investigation into Private Roy Henderson’s death stated:
Cpl RH Greenwood 18/1/1917 – We were together in our first charge at Pozieres, and it was in that charge that he fell beside me. Being near our objective he was missed by no one but me, but I nor no one else have seen him from that day to this. It is unwise to believe that he is still alive, though there is nothing to prove he is dead. One can only report him as missing as there is just a possibility of him being a Prisoner of War. There is not a shadow of doubt that he is the same that you refer to as Private RD Henderson No 575 was my best pal and we were together in
all our work. I have also communicated with his people and have given them as much information as the censor would allow.
The informant, Roy Greenwood, was also in the Black ANZACs Trench Raid.  He survived the war.
An article appeared in the Brisbane Courier in February, 1917 under the Heading:
FOUR SONS FIGHTING
LOSS OF TWO ON ONE DAY
Roy Henderson was buried at Courcelette British Cemetery in France. His mother was awarded his service medals and the Memorial Scroll and Memorial Plaque.

 


The Brisbane Courier, Thursday 15 February 1917, page 7