Henderson, Ronald Grahame (Lieutenant)

Accession Number 1DRL/0343
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 2 folders: 2 cm
Object type Letters
Maker Henderson, Ronald Grahame
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1927
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/142
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Ronald Grahame Henderson, MC, 18 Battalion AIF, Egypt, France & England, 1915-1918. Collection consists of typescript and photostat copies of letters written by Lieutenant Ronald Grahame Henderson, MC, 18 Battalion AIF, to his mother and father in Sydney, to his younger brother Hugh in Sydney, and to his Uncle George in London, between September 1915 and April 1918. Copies made by Australian War Memorial, Melbourne, c. 1927. Location of originals unknown.

History / Summary

This collection of letters reveals Lieutenant Ronald Grahame Henderson, MC, to have been an enthusiastic and intelligent soldier, hard-working and eager for advancement. He clearly enjoyed the opportunity to travel afforded him by military service, as well as the chance to improve his education through the Officer Cadet Training school at Oxford.

Biographical note: Lieutenant, 18th Bn, AIF. Killed in action on 9 April 1918 at Gentelles while extricating his platoon from their billets, during an artillery bombardment. Other biographical details concerning him are: Bank clerk (Commonwealth Bank); of Hunter's Hill; born North Sydney, 5 July 1892; educated at Sydney Grammar School; left Australia with the 5th reinforcements of the 18th Battalion, serving in Egypt, 1915-16; wounded near Bois Grenier, 6 July 1916; obtained his commission at Balliol College, Oxford, England, 1 March 1917; took part in the Battle of Bullecourt; appointed battalion intelligence officer, May 1917; won the MC in Third Battle of Ypres, 1917; wounded again on 9 October 1917 near Passchendaele; appointed in March 1918 as instructor in Intelligence at Australian Corps School; rejoined battalion, 1 April 1918; killed 9 April 1918.