Kenneth Robert Henderson MC

1895 Jul/Sep Born Epsom, Surrey

1901 census living at Nithsdale, Worcester Rd, Sutton

1911 census He is a boarder at Charterhouse School.

Enlists in 28th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Artists' Rifles): Private K. R. Henderson. The Artists Rifles was a popular unit for volunteers. It had been increased to twelve companies in 1900 and was formed into three sub-battalions in 1914, and recruitment was eventually restricted by recommendation from existing members of the battalion. It particularly attracted recruits from public schools and universities; on this basis, following the outbreak of the First World War, a number of enlisted members of the Artists Rifles were selected to be officers in other units of the 7th Division.

1914 Oct 26. Lands in France

1915 Mar 20. The undermentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men from the 28th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Artists' Rifles), to be temporary Second Lieutenants.: Private K. R. Henderson.

1915 Dec 20. The commissions of the undermentioned 2nd Lts. are antedated as stated against their names: Yorks. Regt.—K. R. Henderson.

1917 May 18. Gloucestershire Regt. 2nd Lt. K. R. Henderson, Yorks Regt., to be Adjt. vice Capt. D. Veale.

1917 Aug 3. Gloucestershire Regt. 2nd Lt. K. R. Henderson, Yorkshire Regt., to be actg. Capt., with pay and allowances of Lt. whilst Adjt.

1918 Jun 30. Gloucester Regt.—Lt. H. W. Sealley to be Adjt., and to be actg. Capt., with pay and .allces. of Lt. whilst so empld., vice 2nd Lt. (actg. Capt.) K. R. Henderson (Yorks. R.).

1918 Oct 2. Yorks. R. Lt. K. R. Henderson to be actg. Capt. while comdg. a Co.

1919 Sep 9. Yorks. Regt. Lt. K.. R. Henderson relinquishes the actg. rank of Capt. on ceasing to. comd. a Co., 6th Bn

He won his MC in the Russian Campaign with the 6th Bn on the Archangel Front. The Military Cross was gazetted: “He has carried out the duties of a Company Commander of a mixed force at Bolshe-Ozerki and has worked in a very efficient way. He has had continuous service on this front since November 1918 and in the four engagements in which his company has taken part he has proved to be a fearless and good leader of men”.

1922 Apr 26. 4 British Soldiers were picked up by the I.R.A. at Dick William's Hotel in Macroom, County Cork. The three Officers had left Ballincollig Barracks and were driven by a Private from the Army Motor Transport Corps, and they had a Newfoundland dog with them. They were arrested by the IRA and on the evening of the 29th of April the three officers and the private were taken to Kilgobnet a few miles west of Macroom and shot.

1923 Jan 26. Probate granted to his father

1923 Dec 14. The bodies were later recovered, and Henderson’s funeral took place at Aldershot with military honours

1925. Christ Church, Sutton: insertion of stained glass windows in memory of Kenneth Robert Henderson

2010. And a curious footnote from someone serving in Afghanistan. I bought the sterling silver statue shown below in a market held by the locals in Kandahar Airfield every Saturday. The inscription on the base reads: Presented to the Officers of the 2nd Battalion Green Howards In memory of Lieutenant KR Henderson, MC (1915-1922) by his Parents. How the statue ever was released or liberated from the officers mess silver collection and found it's way to an Afghanistan market vendor will likely always be a mystery

Kilgobnet Killings