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Percy Bosomworth Henderson

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 43), Page: 20 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 43), Page: 20 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Percy Bosomworth AWMM
  • Surname
    Henderson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 26617 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 May 1894 AWMM BlenheimMarlborough AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 31 May 1916 AWMM Middleton Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Minnie Ann Goertz (mother), Middleton Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 October 1916 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 26617 AWMM
  • Military service
    Auckland Grammar School cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Specialist Company, 18th Divisional Signallers AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 31 May 1916 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Solicitors' Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 9 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      117 pounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded June 1917 by grenade whilst in trenches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      GSW face, left arm, right eye enucleation AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Admitted No 2 NZGH Walton, August 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Invalided from London to NZ on the Maheno December 1917 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Outpatient Auckland Hospital, transferred to Waikato Hospital outpatient May 1917 AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      Influenza whilst recovering from wounds as an outpatient at Waikato Hospital AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of John Henderson and Minnie Goertz Henderson, of 19, Wellington St., Epsom, Auckland AWMM
    • Percy was born in Blenheim on 23 May 1894 to Minnie Ann Henderson (nee Goertz) and John Henderson of Middleton Road, Remuera and 19 Wellington Street, Epsom. John Henderson worked for the Post Office and after Percy’s birth was transferred to Tauranga as Chief Clerk, and later as Postmaster at Maketu, and died shortly afterwards. Minnie Henderson took charge of the Post Office. [1, 2]
      Percy attended Maketu School where in 1909, he won a scholarship which enabled him to attend Auckland Grammar School. There he passed matriculation and the solicitors’ general knowledge examination in 1911 and subsequently attended Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland) gaining a law degree in 1916. He also worked for the solicitors, Johnston, Coates and Fee (now Johnston Prichard Fee).
      During that time, Percy was a cadet in the Territorial Forces and in 1911, was appointed a Staff Sergeant Major in the Citizens Army for four years.
      After he graduated, Percy enlisted for war service as a Private. At Trentham, he received specialist training with the 18th Reinforcements Divisional Signallers. When he reached England on 3 April 1917, he was posted to 3rd Battalion Auckland Regiment, 16 Company. On 28 May 1917 he was posted to Battalion Headquarters in France.
      On 13 June 1917, his unit was sent to the front-line trenches at Le Baizel, France where a German hand grenade exploded. Percy received multiple wounds to his face, his right eye, upper body and right thigh. He was transferred from France to hospital at Walton-on-Thames in England where he improved, but on 9th October 1917, he was classified as unfit for active service and returned to New Zealand where he received further medical treatment. On 16th April 1918 he was formally discharged from military service as ‘no longer physically fit for war service on account of wounds received in action’.
      Percy resumed his law career and began practicing in Hamilton, where his married sister lived. On 22 April 1918 he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand by Justice Hosking on the application of Dr Harry Dean Bamford. Public - Sue - Researcher - 13 November 2021 - Remuera Heritage
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About death

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  • Death
    15 November 1918 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hamilton East Cemetery, Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Area E4, Grave 248. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Percy Bosomworth Henderson (26627) was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
    Percy is remembered by an obituary by Geoff Adlam, in the New Zealand Law Society and the Lawyers Roll of Honour Public - Sue - Researcher - 13 November 2021 -
    Remuera Heritage
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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13 November 2021SueRemuera, AucklandResearcher
12 May 2017DougHamiltonResearcher

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