Able Bodied Seaman Randall Henson, BRISTOL Z/4430

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  • Unit - Royal Naval Division
  • Section - 63rd Machine Gun Bn.
  • Date of Birth - 1899
  • Died - 09/04/1918
  • Age - 19

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Source: Michael Doyle Their Name Liveth For Evermore: The Great War Roll of Honour for Leicestershire and Rutland.
He was the son of James Henson, a house decorator, born 1859 in Loughborough, Leics., and his wife Ellen Henson (nee Chaplin, married Q1 1889 in the Loughborough, Leics district), born 1868 in Kegworth, Leics. Randall was born, circa January, February, March 1899 in Loughborough, Leics., his siblings were, James, born 1889 in Kegworth, Leics., Ernest, born 1893 and Ivy S., born 1901, the latter two siblings were both born in Loughborough, Leics., in March 1901 the family home was at 12, Pinfold Street, Loughborough, Leics. In April 1911 Randall was a schoolboy and was residing in the family home at 14, Duke Street, Loughborugh, Leics., together with his mother and siblings, James, a fitter, Ernest, a brickyard tile maker, Ivy, a schoolgirl and Thomas, a schoolboy, born 1906 in Loughborough, Leics. The family later resided at 65, Cambridge Street, Loughborough, Leics. Randall was clearly under age when he enlisted and the birth date he gave on enlistment was clearly false, as he would have been sixteen years of age on the date of enlistment. Randall enlisted on the 1th October 1915 and embarked to join the British Expeditionary Force on the 30th July 1916, joining his unit, the 188th Brigade Machine Gun Company on the 1st August 1916, and serving with this unit until he suffered a shell wound to his left shoulder, knee and elbow on the 13th November 1916 and was subsequently detached from active service and invaided home to England on the 22nd December 1916. He again embarked to join the British Expeditionary Force with a Machine Gun Company Draft on the 2nd March 1918, joining the Machine Gun Company at the Base depot on the 5th March 1918, on th 1st April 1918 he joined the 63rd Machine Gun Battalion and served with this unit until he was killed in action on the 9th April 1918.

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War I
  • Burial Place - B 17, Englebelmer Communal Cemetery Extension
  • Other Memorials - Loughborough Carillon, War Memorial Bell Tower, Woodgate Baptist Church
Research from Michael Doyle's Their Name Liveth For Evermore
  • Unit - Royal Naval Division
  • Cause of death - DIED
  • Burial Commemoration - Engelbelmer Com. Cem. Ext., France
  • Born - Loughborough, Leicestershire
  • Enlisted - 11/10/1915
  • Place of Residence - 65 Cambridge Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

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