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John Iveson Henderson

Portrait from The Weekly News; 6 August 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Iveson AWMM
  • Surname
    Henderson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    5324 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 219 Gill Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Henderson (mother), 219 Gill Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1941 AWMM
    World War 2/wars AWMM
    Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    5324 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • John Henderson was the son of Robert Hugh Henderson and of Agnes Henderson (nee Allen), of Inglewood, Taranaki, New Zealand. AWMM
    • John Henderson was the son of Robert and Agnes (nee Allen) Henderson of Inglewood and New Plymouth. He went to Central School then New Plymouth Boys’ High School (NPBHS) where he was remembered for being an outstanding swimmer. On leaving school he was a member of the Star Football Club and the East End Surf Club. He enlisted in the Army at the outbreak of war in 1939 and sailed for the Middle East as a member of the 19th Battalion with the First Echelon. He was killed during a bomb attack in trenches of Crete on 26 May 1941. In a letter written by a Captain D. K. McLauchlan to John’s brother Jack he describes the attack that killed John and said he died a few minutes after the attack while being tended to by stretcher-bearers. He said he was buried under olive trees and the grave was marked with a wooden cross. However it appears his grave was not able to be located by the Graves Recovery Unit as his burial place is not recorded. Instead his name is remembered on the memorial in the Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece. Public - Louise - Researcher - 9 July 2019 - West, J. (1995). Lest We Forget. New Plymouth: New Plymouth Boy’s High School Centennial Trust.
      Puke Ariki, ARC#WD.011774
      Retrieved from
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About death

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  • Death
    26 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    CreteGreece AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM

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  • External links
    • Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
      Sources Used
    • Photograph (ref: WD.011774) held by Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, New Zealand : - Please do not reproduce without permission from Puke Ariki. Contact for more information.
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    WW2 1: WW2 80 AWMM