|THE VICTORIA CROSS AND CAMPAIGN MEDALS AWARDED TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDWARD HENDERSON, NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT, HAS BEEN ACQUIRED BY LORD ASHCROFT.|
|10 November 2010|
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|Medal entitlement of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Henderson,
7th Bn, North Staffordshire Regiment
|The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Edward Henderson, 7th Bn, North Staffordshire Regiment, have been acquired by the Michael Ashcroft Trust, the holding institution for Lord Ashcroft's VC Collection.
For the award of the Victoria Cross.
[ London Gazette, 8 June 1917 ], River Hai, Kut, Mesopotamia ( Iraq ), 25 January 1917, Major ( Temporary Lieutenant Colonel ) Edward Elers Delaval Henderson, 7th Bn, North Staffordshire Regiment.
For most conspicuous bravery, leadership and personal example when in command of his battalion ( West Bank of the Hai, Mesopotamia ).
Lying out wounded in the open Colonel Henderson was rescued by his adjutant Lieutenant Robert Phillips, who was to earn the Victoria Cross on the same day. It came as no surprise that Henderson died shortly afterwards from his wounds and was buried at Amara War Cemetery, 150 miles south of Baghdad.
In 1933 the headstones in the cemetery had to be removed because of salts in the soil which caused them to deteriorate and all the names of the men buried there were engraved on the wall of the cemetery.
Iain Stewart, 10 November 2010