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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Driver
  • Date of embarkation: 02 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 4th Australian Divisional Train
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

P02237.001

The Apex, Gallipoli. 1915-08. Lines of parallel dugouts recently dug on a hillside taken from the Turkish Forces during the battles of early August. Note the canvas roofs and sandbag protection. The area was no longer under direct fire and most of these men are undertaking routine duties. (Donor T....

P02237.001

P02237.002

Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli. c. 1915-08. Two Australian soldiers at an obervation post. This post has been constructed at the end of a long, deep trench and appears to be a permanent position. Note the dugout cut into the left side of the trench and the periscope held by the man at right sitting on...

P02237.002

Digitised Collection

Diary of Albert Henshall, 31 July 1915 - 25 April 1917

Diary relating to First World War service of 5173 Driver Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train. This diary covers the period from 31 July 1915 - 25 April 1917 and covers time spent serving in France.

RCDIG0000161

Diary of Albert Henshall, 25 April 1917 - 8 December 1917

Diary relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade. This diary covers the period from 25 April 1917 - 8 December 1917 and describes action in France, including observing several aerial fights overhead and air raids. Henshall also details leave and travel...

RCDIG0000162

Diary of Albert Henshall, 8 December 1917 - 11 November 1918

Diary relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade. This diary covers the period from 8 December 1917 - 11 November 1918, and describes time spent in France, including leave in Paris. Henshall writes about billeting, enemy shelling (inclduing brief...

RCDIG0000163

Diary of Albert Henshall, 3 December 1918 - 8 March 1919

Diary relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade. This diary covers the period from 3 December 1918 - 8 March 1919 and describes Henshall's journey home to Australia.

RCDIG0000164

Notebook of Albert Henshall, 1914-1918

Notebook relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade, entitled 'Places en route December 1914, 1915, 1917, 1917, 1918'. Contains a list of places visited by Albert Henshall in the course of his service.

RCDIG0000165

Address book of Albert Henshall, 1918

Address book relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade.

RCDIG0000166

Photographs relating to service of Albert Henshall

Various photographs relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade. File contains: Photograph: SS Menominee; Photograph: View from back of dugouts, Gallipoli; Photograph: 'Shell busting behind our dugout'; Photograph: A waterway off the Somme; Photograph:...

RCDIG0000167

Postcards relating to service of Albert Henshall

Various postcards relating to First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade. File contains: Postcard: Shrapnel Gully at Gallipoli, 1915; Postcard: Quinn's Post, Gallipoli, 1915; Postcard: Burial service at Dardanelles, 1915; Postcard: Walker's Ridge, Gallipoli,...

RCDIG0000168

Manuscript relating to service of Albert Henshall

Manuscript relating to the First World War service of Sergeant Albert Henshall, 3rd Light Horse Brigade. This manuscript is entitled 'The Happy Warrior, the War Diaries of 5173 W.O.1. Albert Henshall MM 1915 - 1919. Compiled by T.S. Henshall in 1994, this manuscript contains background information...

RCDIG0000169

Notebook of Albert Henshall

Notebook relating to Second World War service of Albert Henshall. Labelled 'RAAF Travels Oct 17 - 1941', it contains a list of dates and places visited in the course of his service in the Second World War.

RCDIG0000170

Private Record

Henshall, Albert MM (Sergeant b: 1892 d: 1952)

Postcards, photographs, and diaries which describe being wounded at Gallipoli, standed of hospital accommodation at Lemnos, and Heliopolis and Cario in Egypt. Henshall goes on to serve in a number of positions, including as a grocer in Arabia, with 3rd Light Horse Brigade Supply Depot in Egypt,... Maker: Henshall, Albert

PR00648 (With records)

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