2nd Lieutenant Eric Henderson who served with the 8th (City of London) London Regiment ‘Post Office Rifles’, has been laid to rest over 100 years after he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Messines during WW1.
The service, organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), part of Defence Business Services, was held on Wednesday 16th May 2018 and was conducted by the Reverend Thomas Hiney CF, Chaplain to the 19 Royal Artillery Regiment.
Nicola Nash, JCCC said: “Although over 100 years have passed since Eric’s death, we passionately believe in continuing to honour his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all members of the Armed Forces who are lost in battle”.
2nd Lt Henderson initially joined the 28th Battalion London Regiment in July 1915 as a Private. He was soon commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and eventually joined the 8th Battalion London Regiment, also known as the Post Office Rifles. He was killed in action on 7th June 1917 aged 21, near the village of Messines in West Flanders, Belgium.
He was found a century later during road works around Eekhofstraat, near Voormezele. Further research, conducted by the JCCC, showed that the location of the soldier was exactly where the Oak Reserve Line was, which corresponded with the location of Eric’s regiment on the day of his death.