Flight Lieutenant Albert Henshall

Service Numbers 5173,253305
Birth Date 11 June 1892
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Hamilton
Death Date 01 July 1952
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Mildura
Final Rank Flight Lieutenant
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 2 January 1919 on page 2 at position 107
London Gazette 29 August 1918 on page 10141 at position 62

Albert Henshall was born at Hamilton, Victoria on 11 June 1982 to Albert Thomas and Jane Henshall. He worked as a clerk and had spent time in the Signalling Field Artillery, Western Australia as well as the 20th Australian Light Horse and Hamilton Rifle Club. Henshall enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 17 December 1914 at Hamilton, Victoria and was assigned to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train with the rank of private. He was shortly transferred to driver on 6 January 1916. He departed Australia for Egypt aboard HMAT Chilka on 2 February 1915. After training in Egypt, Henshall embarked to the Gallipoli Peninsula on 9 July 1915. He was wounded at Gallipoli on 31 September 1915 and was evacuated to Alexandria, Egypt for treatment. Upon returning to duty on 31 March 1916 he was assigned to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Supply Depot in Egypt. Henshall then served with the 17th Depot Unit of Supply, 26th Company Army Service Corps, 4th Australian Divisional Train and 18th Australian Depot Unit of Supply, throughout France and Belgium until the end of the war.Henshall was awarded the Military Medal on 26 August 1918 for remaining at his post and issuing supplies whilst under heavy enemy shellfire on 10, 20 and 21 April 1918. After rising quickly through the ranks and achieving the rank of temporary warrant officer, Albert Henshall returned to Australia at his own expense. He embarked from Liverpool on the SS Adriatic on 20 January 1919 to the United States of America, to visit family. He then embarked to Australia from San Francisco on 24 February 1919 aboard SS Sonoma. Henshall had reverted to the rank of sergeant on 16 December 1918, though was discharged with the rank of honorary warrant officer class 1. Albert Henshall served in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War and was discharged after four years' service on 18 August 1944 with the rank of flight lieutenant. Albert Henshall died at Mildura, Victoria on 1 July 1952.

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Driver
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Chilka A51
    Date of Embarkation
    02 February 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    29 August 1918 on page 10141 at position 62
    Commonwealth Gazette
    2 January 1919 on page 2 at position 107
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    01 May 1918
    Unit
    4th Australian Divisional Train
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant

Timeline

Date of birth 1892-06-11
Date of embarkation 1915-02-02
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-05-01
Date of death 1952-07-01

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