HENDERSON, John Patrick Leo

Rank: 
Major
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Engineers
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
117132
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Sunday, January 16, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
31
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Operations: 
Lt Henderson 2 Commando
Major Henderson MC, 2 Special Service Brigade, was killed 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.
(Source: London Gazettes Supp. 34843, page 2701.)
 
​He was awarded the MC whilst a Captain (T/Major)  in No 2 Commando at Salerno.

Citation

"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."
(Sources: London Gazettes Supp. 36327, page 266/National Archives ref. WO/373/4/41)
 

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