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|Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:45 pm Post subject: Captain George S Henderson VC DSO MC - Gordon Parish Church
HENDERSON, GEORGE STUART
Date of Death:24/07/1920
Awards:V C, D S O and Bar, M C, 5 times Mentioned in Despatches
Panel ReferencePanel 31 and 64.
Son of Robert and Mary Henderson, of Mount Hooly, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.
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."
As often happens with VC winners: Captain Henderson appears on a wide variety of memorials, and he has another individual one in Jedburgh. This one is on the south wall of the parish church in his native Gordon and is a substantial (and very shiny) plaque. He also appears on the village's civic memorial.
IN MEMORY OF
CAPTAIN GEORGE STUART HENDERSON
VC DSO MC
THE MANCHESTER REGIMENT
ONLY SON OF ROBERT AND MARY HENDERSON
BORN AT EAST GORDON DECEMBER 5TH 1893
KILLED IN ACTION AT HILLAH, MESOPOTAMIA
JULY 24TH 1920
"ALL THAT HE HAD HE GAVE"
Individual memorial at Jedburgh: