Lieutenant ColonelHENDERSON, EDWARD ELERS DELAVEL

Died 25/01/1917

Aged 38

North Staffordshire Regiment

Commanding 9th Bn.
Royal Warwickshire Regiment

V C, Mentioned in Despatches

Husband of Mrs. M. Henderson, of "Tall Trees," Park Rd., Camberley, Surrey.

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 8th June, 1917, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery, leadership and personal example when in command of his battalion. Lt. Col. Henderson brought his battalion up to our two front-line trenches, which were under intense fire, and his battalion had suffered heavy casualties when the enemy made a heavy counter-attack, and succeeded in penetrating our line in several places, the situation becoming critical. Although shot through the arm, Lt. Col. Henderson jumped on to the parapet and advanced alone some distance in front of his battalion, cheering them on under the most intense fire over 500 yards of open ground. Again wounded, he nevertheless continued to lead his men on in the most gallant manner, finally capturing the position by a bayonet charge. He was again twice wounded, and died when he was eventually brought in."

Buried at AMARA WAR CEMETERY

Location: Iraq
Number of casualties: 3704

Cemetery/memorial reference: XXIV.B.31.

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This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.