Roll of Honour

Lieutenant

Arthur Henderson

Arthur Henderson’s connection to the University of Glasgow was through service in the Officer Training Corps. There he would have met Struthers Findlay. Both young men came from Pollockshields. Arthur was the youngest son of Alexander and Sarah Henderson, whose family home was at 35 Newark Drive. Arthur was educated at Glasgow High School and was then in business in Paisley for two years before joining his father's business. Like Struthers, Arthur took a commission as a lieutenant in the 9th Highland Light Infantry and also served in the Cyclist Company of the 52nd Lowland Division. The Division moved to Egypt after its evacuation from Gallipoli and concentrated at Abbassia near Cairo before moving to El Kantara to defend the Suez Canal in March 1916. The Central Powers had hopes of disrupting traffic through the canal. The Battle of Romani was waged from August 3rd to the 5th and was an important strategic victory for the 52nd Lowland Division and the Anzac Mounted Division of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. It ensured the safety of the canal. Two young Glasgow men who trained together and joined up together were killed in action on the same day, the 4th August 1916. Both rest in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery on the eastern side of the Suez Canal. Lieutenant Arthur Henderson was 23. Seventeen of the Cyclist Corps were killed on that one day.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

Comments and Citations

University Roll of Honour: Ch4/4/2/3/713

CWGC Debt of Honour

Forces War Records