RMA Woolwich

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Detail of Charles Henderson's memorial window in Radley College Chapel. Photographed by Roger Shaw

Detail of Charles Henderson’s memorial window in Radley College Chapel. Photographed by Roger Shaw

Today we remember …

Battle of the Somme

17th November 1916. Charles Henderson, MC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. E Social, 1900. Captain, 71st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action at Martinpuich.

From Radley he passed fourth into the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery in 1906. He was killed by a shell which landed on the mess dug out of his battery.

At the time of his death he had passed his balloon course, and was an interpreter in French. During his last week’s leave he obtained the Royal Aero Club’s certificate as a pilot. He served in the battles of the Aisne and Marne with the R.F.A., and joined the Royal Horse Artillery during Ypres, 1914. He was present at the battles of La Bassee, Vermelles, Loos, Hulluch, and Hohenzollern, and was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour for commanding his battery during the last three battles. His name was sent up three times for the Military Cross.

His Brigadier-General wrote: He had a great future in front of him. His ability alone was far above the average, and his energy and power of getting work out of his men were extraordinary. I can honestly say that no officer in France served his King and country with greater zeal, ability, and courage, and I only wish that we all possessed in the same marked degree all those qualities which go to make a first-class soldier. His services up to the time of his death had only been rewarded by the Legion of Honour, and I much regret that such a magnificent soldier had not received further recognition.

He is commemorated by a stained glass window in Radley College Chapel.

Aged 29

The British Archives of Falconry own his hawking diary, started in 1903 when he was a boy at Radley.

The grave of Charles Henderson at Flatiron Copse Cemetery. Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Charles Henderson at Flatiron Copse Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

Charles Henderson, MC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Captain, 71st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of the Somme

Charles Henderson, MC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Captain, 71st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of the Somme

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

15th January 1915.  [William] Vyvian Douglas-Jones, B Social 1908.  2nd Lt, 33rd Battery, 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  He was a career officer who gained his commission at Woolwich:‘as observation officer of his battery, was taking a new subaltern round to see the observation posts, when a sniper from a house fired and knocked him over. His companion, with the help of two soldiers, under heavy fire, carried him to a farm and dressed his wounds. “I have never known a more willing worker or a more gallant boy; we were a very happy family in this battery, and his place will not easily be filled. He was always absolutely fearless and indifferent to bullets, so much so that we frequently had to warn him not to get into unnecessary danger. But on the occasion on which the bullet found him there was no rashness, he was doing a needful thing quietly in the usual manner. He could not have died better. It is a vile kind of fighting when we keep losing our best with little apparently to show for it, but it is the work of such boys which has made us hold the enemy back, and his life went gallantly in doing his best.”

Aged 20

WV Douglas-Jones, 2nd Lt, 33rd Battery, 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  kia 15 January 1915

WV Douglas-Jones, 2nd Lt, 33rd Battery, 33rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. kia 15 January 1915