Letters from Robert James Henderson, July - December 1917

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Accession Number AWM2016.30.5
Collection number 1DRL/0345
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 21
Object type Letters
Physical description 71 Image/s captured
Maker Henderson, Robert James
Place made Belgium, France, United Kingdom
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Letters relating to the First World War service of Captain Robert James Henderson, 13th Battalion. These letters were written from Henderson to his family between 17 July and 26 December 1917. Having recently returned to his battalion in the line, Henderson writes of performing fatigue work under constant shellfire, losing several men each day. He writes of being awarded the Military Cross for his actions at Messines between 8 and 11 June 1917, remarking that he had been recommended for the award three times previous for his actions during the fighting around Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in 1916. In September, Henderson writes of his leave to England, including his visits to London and Liverpool. Returning to his unit in early October, he continues to write of the fighting around Ypres. Henderson’s last letter for 1917 details how the men spent Christmas. This file contains:
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 17 July 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 25 July 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 29 July 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, "In the trenches", [Belgium], 12 August 1917 [includes poem written by Lance Corporal William Leith Blaw titled "A concert in France", 25 July 1917];
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, Belgium, 19 August 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 5 September 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 8 September 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 16 September 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, London, 23 September 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, London, 26 September 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, Liverpool, England, 29 September 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, London, 3 October 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 7 October 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his sister "Jane", France, 26 October 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 30 October 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his brother "Mick", France, 9 November 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 14 November 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 27 November 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 8 December 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 18 December 1917;
Letter from Robert James Henderson to his mother, France, 26 December 1917.