Henderson, Arthur (6765)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 24 years 3 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 24 February 1917 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 6765            view online service record

Address:
9 Little Lennox Street
South Richmond, VIC

Next of Kin:
Olive Ida Henderson (wife)
103 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Friday, 11 May 1917
Ship: HMAT Ascanius A11
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 22nd Infantry Battalion – 19th Reinforcements

Fate:
RTA: Monday, 5 November 1917
Discharged: Tuesday, 5 February 1918

Comments

  1. Brian Membrey says

    If at first you don’t succeed … two separate National Archives exist for Arthur (John) Henderson, the second revealing his full story :

    First enlisted 2 September, 1915 (wife Olive at 555 Victoria Street, Richmond) and served at Broadmeadows Camp before discharge 20 January, 1916 from No 5 Australian General Hospital, St Kilda Road as medically unfit (deafness);

    Re-enlisted 8 May, 1916 (60 Dover Street, Richmond), assigned V42864, Royal Park Training Camp; discharged 23 June, 1916 (“ear trouble”);

    Re-enlisted 24 February 1917, (details as shown above), served as 6765, 22 Battalion, returned with permanent nerve deafness without seeing active service but classified fit for Home Service;

    Re-enlisted 20 May, 1918 (as Arthur HENDERSON at 8 Edinburgh Street, Richmond), for Home Service with Army Medical Corps, discharged 12 June, 1918 at own request; Re-enlisted 14 June, 1918 (242 Bay Street, Port Melbourne) as 77761 with Army Veterinary Corps at Maribyrnong; discharged after 78 days on 29 August, 1918 after spending time in Macleod Sanatorium

    How Henderson passed several preliminary medicals is a mystery- a Medical Board before he embarked for return to Australia in November 1917 found him totally deaf in the left ear and with only vague hearing in the right “if shouted at”

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