ID numberAWM2016.30.9
TitleMaterial relating to the promotion and awards of Robert James Henderson, 1916-1919
Collection number1DRL/0345
ClassificationDigitised Collection
Record typeFile
Item count12
Object type
  • Letter
  • Certificate
  • Greeting card
  • Papers
MakerVarious
Place made
  • Australia
  • France
  • United Kingdom
Date made1916-1919
Physical description13 Image/s captured
DescriptionMaterial relating to the promotion and awards of Captain Robert James Henderson, 13th Battalion. The contents of this file predominantly relate to the commissioning of Henderson as an second lieutenant, and his award of the Military Cross and Bar to the Military Cross for his actions at Messines in June 1917 and Villers-Bretonneux in May 1918 respectively. A certificate of commission is included, as well as citations for both awards. Several prominent figures have sent their congratulations to Henderson, including Major Generals Herbert Vaughan Cox and William Holmes (commanding the 4th Australian Division) and General Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson (commanding the Fourth Army). Also included is correspondence between the Base Records Office and Henderson’s father James regarding his commission and awards.

This file contains:
Congratulatory card awarded to Second Lieutenant Robert James Henderson by Major General Herbert Vaughan Cox, 19 August 1916 [regarding actions during operations of 14 and 15 August 1916];
Congratulatory card awarded to Lieutenant Robert James Henderson by Major General Herbert Vaughan Cox, 10 September 1916 [regarding actions near Mouquet Farm 29-30 August 1916];
Congratulatory card awarded to Lieutenant Robert James Henderson by Major General William Holmes, 27 June 1917 [regarding actions at Messines 8-11 June 1917];
Certificate of commission appointing Robert James Henderson a second lieutenant in the Land Forces on 16 March 1916, issued 22 November 1917;
Letter from Major J. M. Lean, Base Records Office, to James Henderson, Melbourne, 9 January 1918 [regarding Military Cross citation for Lieutenant Robert James Henderson];
Certificate of congratulation for Captain Robert James Henderson on his award of a Bar to the Military Cross, signed by General Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson on 14 June 1918;
Army orders issued by General Sir Henry Seymour Rawlinson listing awards for Australians serving with the Fourth Army, 14 June 1918;
Letter from Major J. M. Lean, Base Records Office, to James Henderson, Melbourne, 27 July 1918 [regarding commission of the late Robert James Henderson as a second lieutenant];
Citation pertaining to the award of the Military Cross to Lieutenant Robert James Henderson for his actions near Messines 8-11 June 1917;
Letter from Captain W. Mackintosh, Base Records Office, to James Henderson, Melbourne, 13 February 1919 [regarding Bar to Military Cross citation for the late Captain Robert James Henderson];
Citation pertaining to the award of the Bar to the Military Cross to Captain Robert James Henderson for his actions near Villers-Bretonneux on 1-2 May 1918;
Certificate awarded to Miss Henderson in recognition of three years service under the Australian Red Cross Society Town Hall Sewing Guild during the Great War 1914-1919.
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