Biography

Birth date: 11 June 1892
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Hamilton
Death date: 01 July 1952
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Mildura
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 5173 - First World War, 1914-1918
253305 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 3 Light Horse Brigade
  • 12 Company, Australian Army Service Corps
  • Australian depot units of supply
  • 26 Company, Australian Army Service Corps
  • 4 Divisional Train
  • 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Driver
  • Date of embarkation: 02 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Military Medal
  • Unit: 4 Divisional Train
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Military Medal
  • Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

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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