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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:03 pm    Post subject: Gordon, Berwickshire Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Captian George Henderson VC is also on the Jedburgh memorial. He was awarded his VC for an action in Mesopotamia in 1920


Here is his CWGC entry. Gordon War Memorial does him and injustice by only listsing his VC. He is one of the most decorated men I've seen, and only 26 years old.

Name: HENDERSON, GEORGE STUART
Initials: G S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment
Unit Text: 2nd Bn.
Age: 26
Date of Death: 24/07/1920
Awards: VC, DSO and Bar, MC, 5 times Mentioned in Despatches
Additional information: Son of Robert and Mary Henderson, of Mount Hooly, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 31 and 64.
Memorial: BASRA MEMORIAL
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette", dated 29th Oct., 1920, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. On the evening of the 24th July, 1920, when about fifteen miles from Hillah (Mesopotamia), the Company under his command was ordered to retire. After proceeding about 500 yards a large party of Arabs suddenly opened fire from the flank, causing the Company to split up and waver. Regardless of all danger, Capt. Henderson at once reorganised the Company, led them gallantly to the attack and drove off the enemy. On two further occasions this officer led his men to charge the Arabs with the bayonet and forced them to retire. At one time, when the situation was extremely critical and the troops and transport were getting out of hand, Capt. Henderson by sheer pluck and coolness, steadied his command, prevented the Company from being cut up, and saved the situation. During the second charge he fell wounded, but refused to leave his command, and just as the Company reached the trench they were making for he was again wounded. Realising that he could do no more, he asked one of his N.C.O s to hold him up on the embankment, saying ' I'm done now, don't let them beat you'. He died fighting."

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henderson is also on the Kelso High School memorial - everyone wants a VC!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian

I transcribed this memorial a few years ago and I think the Second World War names are on the back of this memorial.

1914-1918

BRUNTON , James , Private , 1/4th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
CALLENDER , Fred K , Private , 1/4th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
CALLENDER , William , Private , 1/4th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
COCHRANE , James , Sergeant Major , 6th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
CRAIG , Archibald , Private , 6th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
CRUICKSHANK , James , Private , Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
DALGLEISH , Simon , Lance Corporal , 1/4th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
DILLON , Arthur H , Private , 2nd Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
EDWARDS , William H C , Lieutenant , Royal Highlanders
FORBES , Henry W , Sergeant , Canadian Scottish
GIBSON , Richard , Private , Royal Scots
HENDERSON , George S , Captain VC , Manchester Regiment
HENDERSON , Kenneth S , Captain , Royal Flying Corps
HENDERSON , Noel C , 2nd Lieutenant , Royal Highlanders
MALLEN , John , Private , Scots Guards
MESSER , James , Private , King's Own Scottish Borderers
ORMSTON , Thomas , Private , Royal Highlanders
PATTERSON , John , Private , King's Own Scottish Borderers
REDPATH , William , Captain , Royal Scots
SCOTT , Andrew , Private , King's Own Scottish Borderers
WALDIE , George , Captain , Army Ordnance Corps
WEIR , James , Lance Corporal , King's Own Scottish Borderers

1939-1945

BEGBIE , Thomas , Private , Royal Scots
BELL , John , Sergeant (Observer) , Royal Air Force
BRYCE , Adam V , Leading Aircraftsman , Royal Air Force
CROSBY , John , Private , King's Own Scottish Borderers
DAVIDSON , John , Private , Durham Light Infantry
DOUGLAS , Archibald , Flight Lieutenant , Royal Air Force
FORD , George , Corporal , Royal Scots
GIBSON , Richard , Lance Corporal , Royal Scots
STUMBLES , Andrew W , Sergeant , Merchant Navy
VERT , Richard F , Third Engineer , Royal Air Force
YULE , George , Private , King's Own Scottish Borderers



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref No. 8541

OS map ref: NT 64711 43098
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Details taken from this website: George Stuart Henderson

George Stuart Henderson
Birth: Dec. 5, 1893
Death: Jul. 24, 1920

Arab Revolt (Mesopotamia) Victoria Cross Recipient.


The Arabs, angered at what they perceived as their post-World War I betrayal by the Allies, as embodied in the Sykes-Picot Agreement which divided up the outer remnants of the former Ottoman Empire between France and Great Britain, rose up against the British occupiers, particularly administrators and civil servants. The conflict cost 2200 British and 10,000 Arab casualties before it was suppressed. H

enderson was a native of East Gordon, Berwickshire, Scotland, and was serving as a captain with the 2nd Battalion of the Manchester Regiment when he performed the deeds for which he was awarded the VC.
From his citation:

"For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. On the evening of the 24th July, 1920, when about fifteen miles from Hillah (Mesopotamia), the Company under his command was ordered to retire. After proceeding about 500 yards a large party of Arabs suddenly opened fire from the flank, causing the Company to split up and waver. Regardless of all danger, Capt. Henderson at once reorganised the Company, led them gallantly to the attack and drove off the enemy. On two further occasions this officer led his men to charge the Arabs with the bayonet and forced them to retire. At one time, when the situation was extremely critical and the troops and transport were getting out of hand, Capt. Henderson by sheer pluck and coolness, steadied his command, prevented the Company from being cut up, and saved the situation. During the second charge he fell wounded, but refused to leave his command, and just as the Company reached the trench they were making for he was again wounded. Realising that he could do no more, he asked one of his N.C.O s to hold him up on the embankment, saying 'I'm done now, don't let them beat you.. He died fighting."

His body was not recovered. His medals, including the Distinguished Service Order and Bar and the Military Cross, are in the The King's Regiment Museum Collection at the Museum of Liverpool Life, Pier Head, Liverpool. (bio by: Paul F. Wilson)


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The second world war names are not on the back of the memorial.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian

Thanks for checking and sorry if I've sent you on a wild goose chase. I'll check my notes to see where I found the names.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Henderson also appears on a plaque in Jedburgh, Henderson Memorial Plaque
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we know when this memorial was moved to it's present location?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From The Scotsman 21-Sep-1920.

    WAR MEMORIALS

    GORDON: A war memorial in the form of a Scottish wayside cross, with Celtic ornamentation, has been erected at Gordon in the Public Park, and unveiled by Mrs James Henderson, Bothandene, Bowden, in the unavoidable absence of Mr Forbes Gordon of Langlee and Greenknowe, superior of the village.

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