Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 46701
Unit: 16th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 21 March 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France

When the news came to Stockport of the death of John Henderson, his mother Isabella had probably only just come to terms with the loss of her elder son, Robert, eighteen months earlier.

The family originated from Roxburghshire but had moved, probably in the 1890s, to Stockport where John was born in 1897. They took up residence in Heaton Chapel where the 1901 Census records Robert, senior, as earning his living as a joiner. This may undervalue his actual position as the family was sufficiently wealthy to be able to afford to employ a live-in servant - 56 year old Hannah Walton. This financial security may not have lasted for long as Robert died in 1904.

John is understood to have been living in Hale when he enlisted into the army at Manchester. His service number suggests this was in the spring of 1916 and, after training he will have gone on active service as part of a draft of replacements for casualties incurred during the Battle of the Somme. He was killed on the opening day of the German spring offensive of 1918. Click here for details.

A few years later, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information Isabella Henderson had moved back to Scotland and was living at "The Joy", Graden near Kelso. Perhaps with the loss of her husband and both children there was nothing to hold her to Stockport.

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