HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo
Honours & Awards:
Sunday, January 16, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Major John Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, died during operations in Italy .
On the 8th May 1940 he transferred from the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry to the Royal Engineers retaining his seniority as 2/Lieutenant. .
He was awarded the MC whilst a Captain (T/Major) in No 2 Commando at Salerno. .
"At Salerno on the 9th Sept 43 this Officer's troop was one of two which attacked and held a part of the West of the town. Capt. Henderson was conspicuous in the attack, and when counter attacked by infantry and tanks, took a most active part in repelling the assaults, himself scoring two hits on the leading tank with a Piat mortar when the tanks were shelling the house in which he was, at 100 yards range. The tank turret was jammed and almost immediately the tanks drew off." 
 London Gazettes Supp. 34843, page 2701.
 London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 266/National Archives ref. WO/373/4/41
Primary Roll of Honour:
Photo of Commando in Gallery:
Ask questions / Add information
Use our Forum for research enquiries, or to add information or photos. [register now].
Your message will then be seen by our Research Group and the many knowledgeable members of our Forum. [FAQ's].
All content is researched and administered by the Commando Veterans Archive.