HENDERSON, William John Scobie
(Service number 47141)

Aliases Enlisted as John William Scobie HENDERSON
First Rank Rifleman Last Rank


Date 21 January 1895 Place of Birth Orrai

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Orrai
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles - serving
Marital Status
Next of Kin John HENDERSON (father), Orari, Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, J Company
Date 16 July 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations


Date 5 March 1969 Age 74 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Salisbury Park Crematorium
Memorial Reference Garden No. 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William John Scobie Henderson was born on 21 January 1895 at Orari, the oldest son of John and Annabella (née McLeod) Henderson. He was called up in 1916.

Draft 211 - the troopship “Briton” - with over a thousand men aboard including Private J. W. S. Henderson, of Orari, was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919. Private J. W. S. Henderson and three comrades were welcomed home at Orari by the Patriotic Society in February 1919. John Henderson married Myra Ellen (Helen) Austin in 1926.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 September 2020]; Sailsbury Park Crematorium headstone image & record [08 September 2020]; Temuka Leader, 25 January 1919, 13 February 1919 (Papers Past) [22 August 2020; 08 September 2020]

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