Private Alexander Henderby

Private Alexander Henderby, 1st/4th ( Territorial ) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in Belgium on 26th October 1917, aged, 21,  during the Battle of Third Ypres. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Alexander Henderby of 14 Chapel Street, Berwick and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. He had originally enlisted in the Northern Cyclists Battalion before being transferred to the Fusiliers. the photographs show the dreadful battlefield conditions where the incessant shelling had destroyed the fragile drainage systems in Flanders. The colour photo shows the impressive Memorial raised to commemorate the 50th ( Northumbrian ) Division of which the Battalion was part until July 1918 when it was reduced to cadre and assigned to lines of communication duties. It was erected near the village of Wieltje in the Ypres Salient where nearby on the 26th April 1915 the Division had fought its first battle of the War only days after landing on the Continent.

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