Henderson Robert Sgt 4443317
Name Henderson Robert
Army number 4443317
Decorations In addition to WW2 Service Medals he was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal - George VI First Issue - with Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Award Bars.
Date of birth 19-Jul-02
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry, Enlisted 1/3/1924 as a Territorial for 4yrs, aged 21, at Houghton-le-Spring. Posted to the 8th Bn DLI. Re-enlisted at the termination of his engagement - again in the 8th Bn - on 1/3/1928. Posted to the 11th Bn DLI, probably on the establishment of the second-line Battalion on 1/9/1939. Served B.E.F. Taken Prisoner of War near Arras 22/5/1940. Notification of PoW status 1/8/1940. Relegated to the Class Z Army Reserve 27/1/1946. Re-enlisted in the Territorial Army 28/5/1947 and served with the 8th Battalion DLI (D Company) between 1946 and 1957. NSRW, EXE 1958.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role
Joined Brigade Probably 1/9/1939 on the establishment of 11th Battalion.
Prisoner of War Held in PoW Camps 20B (342) and 383. Prisoner Number 5663. Dates of incarceration - Thorn (Poland) 7/6/1940 - 21/7/1940, Gdynia (Poland) 22/7/1940 - June 1941, Marienburg (East Prussia) June to September 1941, Thorn (Poland) September 1941 to September 1942, Hohenfels (Bavaria) September 1942 to 19/4/1945.
Died/Killed in action
Home address Born Colliery Row. Miner. Married Elizabeth Ann Scott 5/9/1935. Resided at 6, New Hopper Street, Houghton-le-Spring.
Source table 11DLI
Some of the above details were extracted from a medal sale catalogue when Sergeant Henderson's awards were put up for auction. Acknowledgment is also hereby given to the fora on the WW2Talk Website where other information was obtained.