Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Captain Arthur Henderson VC, MC, 4th Battalion, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise’s), was killed in action at Fontaine-les-Croisilles in France. The son of George Henderson OBE, a Magistrate of Paisley, he had worked as an accountant before the Great War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on the day before his death.
From the citation: “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 in action the following day, having achieved his objective. He is buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Cojeul British Cemetery, Saint-Martin-sur-Cojeul, Pas-de-Calais, France.
His name appears on the war memorial in Gordon in the Scottish borders, and his V.C. is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London. Arthur, from Paisley in Renfrewshire, was 23 years old.