Sgt John Henderson, 4464771, HQ Company, 16 DLI

Born on the 18/11/14 in Burradon, Northumberland, John Cooke 'Jack' Henderson was enlisted directly into the 16th Battalion Durham Light Infantry on its formation at Edinburgh in July 1940. His Army Number was 4464771.

To see this number within the sequence of other known 16 DLI soldiers within this July 1940 training draft, including Joe Drake MM, John Cawdron MM and Ray Sykes MM, see this page of the site.

The exceptional photographs and wartime letter extracts in this section are all courtesy of John Henderson’s son Steve. Click on the hyperlinks below to go to the specific photograph.

Sgt Jack Henderson, Lt T H Mynheer MM and the Mortar Platoon, 16 DLI, HQ Company, circa late 1942.

Cpl Henderson with two 16 DLI Friends, including Pte Tom Guthery, circa 1941-42

On a training ‘scheme’ in the UK circa 1942, with the 16 DLI Commanding Officer Lt Colonel Murray, Captain Ballance and Pte Turner.

With Captain Ballance and Pte Turner, a second photograph taken during the same exercise.

An Undated Portrait Photograph. Also an extract from a letter to his wife written from Tunisia in 4/43 in he refers to his Platoon CO, Lt Harry Mynheer MM.

John Henderson and Tom Guthery, undated.
Plus an extract from an 8/11/43 letter from hospital which he refers to Captain Ballance and 16 DLI Medical Sergeant Peter Griffin MM.

Wounded at Hospital Hill, Salerno, extracts from a letter wirtten on 31/12/43

A May 1945 Portrait of CQMS John Henderson.

Office duty with B Field Cookery Training Centre, Italy.
Plus an extract from a 2/44 letter to his wife sent from an Infantry Reinforcement and Training Depot in which John Henderson refers to his appointment as Company Quartermaster Sgt to B Field Cookery Training Centre.

Possibly the Permanent Staff, B Field Cookery Training Centre?

Assorted photographs from B Field Cookery Training Centre, Italy including cooks under training and the Sergeant’s Mess.

John Henderson and an unidentified friend taken at the ‘Salerno Rest Camp.’ in May 1945.

Assorted photographs of B Field Cookery Training Centre camp and buildings.

Sgt Jack Henderson, 16 DLI.
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