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42603   Lance Corporal Jackson Robinson Henderson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 21/12/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 140th Company, Machine Gun Corps (British Army)
Died: 16/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
Jackson Robinson Henderson was the youngest son of Ruth Henderson. Jackson was born in Killyman, Dungannon about 1896..By 1901 his father had died. His mother was a postmaster and farmer. The family lived in Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil, Tyrone. Lance Corporal Jackson Henderson was serving with the 140th Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) when he died in the Somme region on 16th September 1916, aged 20.
Lance Corporal Jackson Robinson Henderson
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Jackson Robinson Henderson was the youngest son of Ruth Henderson. Jackson was born in Killyman, Dungannon about 1896.
The 1901 census records Jackson as 4 years old. His father had died. His mother was a shopkeeper and farmer. The family lived in Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil, Tyrone.
The 1911 census shows Jackson Robinson Henderson as still at school. He was 15 years old. His mother was now Postmaster and farmer. The family still lived in Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil, Tyrone
Family: Ruth Henderson, Eliza Henderson (born about 1888), David Henderson (born about 1889), Robert Clarke Henderson (born about 1891), James L Clements Henderson (born about 1893), John Howard Henderson (born about 1895), Jackson Robinson Henderson (born about 1896).
Jackson was a member of Tamnamore L.O.L. 153, the Apprentice Boys of Derry and Portadown Club. He was also a section leader of Tamnamore U.V.F.
His mother, Ruth Henderson, was the postmaster of Tamnamore Post Office.
Jackson Henderson enlisted in Dungannon in May 1915.
Private Jackson Henderson served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Dublin during the rebellion. Afterwards he was transferred to the 140th Brigade.
Lance Corporal Jackson Henderson was serving with the 140th Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) when was killed in action 'while gallantly carrying out his duty under heavy artillery and rifle fire'. He died instantaneously in the Somme region on 16th September 1916, aged 20.
In June 1916, the road out of Mailly-Maillet to Serre and Puisieux entered No Man's Land about 1,300 metres south-west of Serre. On 1 July 1916, the 31st and 4th Divisions attacked north and south of this road and although parties of the 31st Division reached Serre, the attack failed. The 3rd and 31st Divisions attacked once more on the 13 November, but again without success.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 5 October 1916:
The postmistress of Tamnamore, Mrs Ruth Henderson, has received intimation that her youngest son, Lance Corporal Jackson Henderson, Inniskilling Fusiliers, Machine Gun Section, has been killed in action. He had served in Dublin during the Sinn Fein rebellion, and had only gone to the front on 13th July. His brother, Private James Henderson, Inniskillings, has been wounded and is in hospital abroad.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 7th October 1916: Private Jackson Henderson
Private Jackson Henderson, 140th Brigade. Machine Gun Corps, killed in action, was the youngest son of Mrs Henderson, Tamnamore Post Office. He enlisted in May 1915. He served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in Dublin during the rebellion. Afterwards he was transferred to the 140th Brigade. The deceased soldier was a member of Tamnamore L.O.L. 153, and the Apprentice Boys of Derry, Portadown Club, and was in his 20th year. He was also a section leader of Tamnamore U.V.F. An elder brother, Private James Henderson, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, is also on active service in France, but is at present in a base hospital in France wounded in the hand. Lieutenant Norman H Galloway, Machine Gun 14th Brigade, writes as follows to Mrs Henderson:-
'I deeply regret to have to inform you that your son, 42603, Private Jackson Henderson, was killed in action while gallantly carrying out his duty under heavy artillery and rifle fire. He died instantaneously. Your son was loved by both his officers and the men of his section, most popular and always seen on duty. Nobody could have been a better soldier or truer comrade. Accept my sympathies, dear madam, and that of his fellow soldiers. I, as his officer, can pay no better compliment than to say he was a splendid fellow and a fine soldier.'
Last Will and Testament of Lance Corporal Jackson Henderson:
'In the event of my death, I leave all of my property and effects to my mother, Mrs R Henderson, Tamnamore Post Office, Moy, County Tyrone, Ireland. Jackson Henderson. Lance Corporal. 42603 Machine Gun Corps. 8th July 1916.'
An elder brother, Private James Henderson, 9th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, also served in France. At the time of Jackson's death, James was in a base hospital in France with a wound to the hand.
It seems James was injured again in June 1917.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 19th June 1917: Private James Henderson (brother of Jackson Henderson)
Private James Henderson, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Tamnamore, Moy, wounded.
Both Jackson and his brother James are commemorated on Tamnamore L.O.L. 513 World War W One Roll of Honour Plaque in Tamnamore Orange Hall.
The CWGC record Private Henderson as the son of Ruth Henderson, of Tamnamore, Moy, Co. Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil Killyman Census listing in Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil 54.496066 -6.652064
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1 1901 Census lists Henderson family Lists Jackson as age 4 living with the family at house 35 in Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Henderson family Lists Jackson as age 15 living with the family at house 28 in Tamlaghtmore, Drumaspil, Tyrone
3 National Archives Medal Card for Jackson Henderson can be purchased here
4 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Jackson Henderson
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Jackson Henderson's headstone can be purchased here.
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