(Service number 48858)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 6 February 1896 Place of Birth Kakahu

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Kakahu Bush
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment Territorials - serving; Senior Cadets - transferred
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John HENDERSON (father), Kakahu Bush, Winchester
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 26th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 9 June 1917
Transport Willochra
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 5 October 1978 Age 82 years
Place of Death Temuka
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 275, Plot 1006
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Henderson, who was born on 6 February 1896 at Kakahu Bush, was the son of Irish-born John and Mary Henderson. John, junior, was educated at Kakahu Bush School. A labourer at Kakahu Bush when he enlisted, he named hs father, John Henderson, Kakahu Bush, Winchester, as next-of-kin. He had served with the Senior Cadets until he was transferred and was still serving with the 2nd South Canterbury Regimental Territorials. Private J. Henerson embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the 26th Reinforcements, per the “Willochra”, departing on 9 June 1917.

Private John Henderson returned to New Zealand in 1919. He married Winifred Gladys Wilson in 1922. He died 5 October 1978 at Temuka and was buried there. Winifred died in 2001, aged 97.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [04 September 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [04 September 2021]; Temuka Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [04 September 2021]

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