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In MemoriamHENDERSON, Irving
  Private (Northumberland Fusiliers, 16th Battalion)
  Killed at the Somme (01-Jul-1916)
  Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal




There is no direct evidence that the details here refer to the same Irving Henderson who went to Westoe Secondary School, but the relatively unusual name suggests that it is likely.

Irving Henderson's father was baker & grocer, John Watt Henderson, his mother was Maltese-born Ellen Catherine Trimble.

His father served on the South Shields council, was Mayor of South Shields 1912-13, and elected Alderman towards the end of his term.

It isn't known when Irving attended Westoe Secondary School, but he went on to train to be an architect, and became a member of the Northern Architectural Association.

He joined up shortly after the outbreak of the war, and served with the 16th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Irving was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme, on 1-Jul-1916, and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

In addition, his father (by then, Alderman John Watt Henderson) presented Westoe Secondary School with a framed photo of the devastated Basilica at Albert, in memory of his son.

Known Addresses
1891: 8 Sydenham Terrace
1901: 8 Sydenham Terrace
1911: 8 Sydenham Terrace
Last updated: 11-Aug-2014 09:25

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