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  • Name: Arthur HENDERSON
  • D.O.B: 6th May, 1893
  • D.O.A: 23rd Apr, 1917
  • D.O.D: 24th Apr, 1917
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Acting Captain, 4th Battalion Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) attached 2nd Battalion, 98th Brigade, 33rd Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Wancourt and Fontaine-lès-Croisilles, south-east of Arras, France 23 April 1917

23 April 1917

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The First World War 1917 

On 23 April 1917 British forces advanced against the Hindenburg Line along a nine-mile front east of Arras. 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment attacked the Germans near Wancourt, south-east of the city, on the road between Monchy-le-Preux and Héninel, and 4th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders at Fontaine-lès-Croisilles, a mile or so south-east of Wancourt.


 For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack on the enemy trenches this officer, although almost immediately wounded in the left arm, led his Company through the front enemy line until he gained his final objective. He then proceeded to consolidate his position, which, owing to heavy gun and machine gun fire and bombing attacks, was in danger of being isolated. By his cheerful courage and coolness he was enabled to maintain the spirit of his men under most trying conditions. Captain Henderson was killed after he had successfully accomplished his task. 

Sixth Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 July 1917. 5 July 1917, Numb. 30167, p. 6697

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