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17531   Lance Corporal William Henderson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 07/05/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/12/1892
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Summary      
William Henderson was the only son of William and Elizabeth Henderson. He was born on 2nd December 1892 in Dunmoyle, County Tyrone. By 1911 was working as an apprentice carpenter. His father was a master carpenter. The family had moved to live in Ballygawley, County Tyrone. William Henderson enlisted in Ballygawley. Lance Corporal William Henderson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was 23 years old.
Further Information
William Henderson was the only son of William and Elizabeth Henderson. William Henderson and Lizzie Craig were married on 27th February 1891 in the district of Omagh.
William was born on 2nd December 1892 in Dunmoyle, which lies midway between Ballygawley and Carrickmore in County Tyrone. He was the older of two children, the other being his sister Florence.
Family: William Henderson, Elizabeth Henderson, William Henderson (born 2nd December 1892), Florence Henderson (born 25th October 1895).
The 1901 census records William as 8 years old. The family were living in Dunmoyle. His father was a carpenter and his mother worked as a dressmaker.
The 1911 census records William as 18 years old. He was now working as an apprentice carpenter. His father was a master carpenter. The family had moved to live in Ballygawley, County Tyrone.
William Henderson enlisted in Ballygawley.
Medal card
Private William Henderson arrived with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in France on 7th August 1915.
Lance Corporal William Henderson was serving with the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Somme on 1st July 1916. He was 23 years old.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 3rd August 1916: Killed in Action
Much regret was shown here on learning that Private William Henderson, Inniskilling Fusiliers (Tyrone Volunteers), son of Mr William Henderson, carpenter, of this town, had been shot at the front.
Lance Corporal William Henderson is buried in Mill Road Cemetery at Thiepval. His inscription reads: THEM ALSO WHICH SLEEP IN JESUS WILL GOD BRING WITH HIM
Lance Corporal William Henderson's headstone
The CWGC records William as the son of William Henderson of Ballygawley County Tyrone.
Lance Corporal William Henderson is listed on page 26 of the Ballygawley War Dead book, compiled by Drew Robinson.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Ballygawley Town Ballygawley Census listing in Ballygawley Town 54.461258 -7.028003
2 Dunmoyle, Foremass Ballygawley Census listing in Dunmoyle, Foremass 54.529151 -7.067642
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
27/02/1891 M Craig Lizzie Parent M/1891/Y1/2209/2/1
27/02/1891 M Henderson William Parent M/1891/Y1/2209/2/1
02/12/1892 B Henderson William Casualty U/1892/102/1026/8/56
25/10/1895 B Henderson Florence Sibling U/1895/102/1026/8/294
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Henderson Family Lists William as age 8, living with the family at house 40 in Dunmoyle, Foremass, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Henderson Family Lists William as age 18, living with the family at house 73 in Ballygawley Town, Tyrone
3 BillionGraves.com Photo of Private William Henderson's grave
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private William Henderson's grave can be purchased here
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