Henderson, William (No. 19881)

Henderson, William

Sergeant

No. 19881, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Saturday 25 August 1917 (aged 54)

Buried:

Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, France (Grave I. E. 11)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 263)

BIOGRAPHY

William Henderson was born around 1862/1863 in Templemore, Co Tipperary and he was a career soldier.  In 1897, Sergeant William Henderson was stationed in Ireland and he was serving with the 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers. In 1901, Sergeant William Henderson was stationed in England, in Gravesend Military Barracks (previously called Milton Barracks).

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War William Henderson was very well-known in Bangor as an employee of the Picture Palace and he was a member of the Bangor Branch of the Ulster Volunteer Force.  Before that he had worked as a storeman in a military barracks in Belfast.

Sergeant William Henderson re-joined the colours on 11 September 1914 and he served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Sergeant William Henderson died of wounds on 25 August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, by which time he had completed some 34 years of army service.  At that time his parents, James and Jane Henderson, were living in Belfast.

Sergeant William Henderson’s wife, Annie Henderson (nee Hewitt) and their three daughters were living at 44 Warkworth Street, Belfast.

William and Annie Henderson (nee Hewitt) were married around 1894 and they had one son and three daughters:

Herman Hewitt (born around 1895 in Portsmouth, Hampshire)

Alice (born around 1896 in Sheffield, Yorkshire)

Agnes (born 23 October 1897 in Castlebar, Co Mayo)

Linda (born 16 December 1903 at 11 Charleville Street, Belfast)

During the Great War Lance Corporal Herman Hewitt Henderson (No. 9247) served with the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and he was 20 when he was killed in action on 2 May 1915 at the Dardanelles.  Lance Corporal Herman Hewitt Henderson has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.  At that time, the Henderson family was living at 45 Donaldson Crescent, Woodvale Road, Belfast.

When Sergeant William Henderson died on 25 August 1917 he was buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

WE LOVED HIM WELL

BUT JESUS LOVED HIM BEST

Sergeant William Henderson is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 32) and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 263).

Sergeant William Henderson’s son Herman is also commemorated in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 262).