HENSON, William Harold
Service Number – 991.
Rank – Private.
Unit / Division – 11th Battalion.
Enlistment Date – 7 September 1914.
Address on Enlistment – Victoria Street, Bunbury, W. A.
Occupation on Enlistment – Labourer.
Next of Kin on Enlistment – W. Keyte, Yuba via Northampton, W. A.
Religion – Methodist.
Embarkation Details – From Fremantle on 2 November 1914 on Transport A11 “ Ascanius “.
Returned to Australia –
Date – 5 July 1915.
Died- 25/09/1969, Aged 87 Years.
Buried- Ashes Placed at Karrakatta Cemetery Perth WA- Garden of Remembrance , Section EC, Site 23, Position 155.
Reports from the 11th Battalion verify that Henson was with fellow Bunbury Soldier, Edwin Fullagar at the time of Fullagar receiving a fatal gunshot to the head on 10 May 1915.
” Private Henson ( Service No. 991 ) enlisted the first time on 7 September 1914 , stating his Occupation as a Labourer, and was attached to the 11th Battalion, embarking from Fremantle on 2 November 1914. He disembarked at Marseilles, France on 5 May 1915. He was admitted to a hospital ship in the Dardanelles on 30 May 1915, suffering from V. D. He was repatriated to Australia from Suez on 5 July 1915 and then discharged from the Army. Henson enlisted for the Second time ( Service No. 1441 ) on 17 February 1916, stating his Occupation as Teamster, embarking from Sydney, N.S. W. on 20 February 1916 on HMAT A38 ” Ulysses “. He was posted as a Sapper to the 3rd Tunneling Company in the field in France on 18 August 1916. On the 20 September 1916, his service file is noted-” Creating a disturbance in billet, in that he did use abusive language to the section cook. Award- 14 Days loss of Pay. ” After a number of visits to Hospital for illness treatment, Henson was repatriated to Australia as an Invalid. He left Suez on 31 March 1919 per ” Khyber “, arriving in Fremantle on 23 May 1919. Henson was discharged from Army Service on 22 July 1919 “.