Topic: HENSON, Joseph Herbert Hasard (Bert)

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Bert Henson and his wife Marjorie, Dec 1940

Corporal Joseph Herbert Henson (Bert) was a signaller in World War 1. Bert received a Military Medal for his gallantry in the field. He also served in World War 2. He was known as Bert to his friends and 'bapa' to his grandchildren.


Bert wrote diaries throughout World War 1 and sent letters home. From resisting the subtle advances of local “maidens” in Paris to tidying the grave of fellow signaller, Thomas Bullick, Bert’s diaries of his World War 1 experience make for emotive, informative and fascinating reading.


Part 1:  WORLD WAR I DIARIES, 1915 - 1919

Diary 1 Nov 1915 Diary 6 Jan 1918
Diary 2 May 1916 Diary 7 1918-1919
Diary 3 Jul 1916 Diary 8 1918-1919
Diary 4 Nov 1916 Diary 9 Nov 1918
Diary 5 1917-1918 Diary 10 Jan 1919

Part 2:  LETTERS HOME, 1915 - 1918

Letter 1 1915 Letter 3 1917
Letter 2 1916 Letter 4 1917

Bert's diaries and letters were left in the possession of his son, the late John H. Henson, Wanganui. These are now with his grandson Paul Henson of Taupo. They were transcribed by his son-in-law, Dion G. Minhinnick, Takapuna, Auckland in1989.


HENSON, Joseph Herbert Hasard (Bert)

Sources:Queensland Family TreesArchives New Zealand and Cenotaph Database
First Names:Joseph Herbert Hasard
Last Name:Henson
Other Known Names:Bert
Date of Birth:15 March 1895
Date of Death:27 May 1979
Place of Death:Wanganui
Place Enlisted:Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand
Marital Status at Enlistment:Single
Regiment or Service:7th Platoon, B Company, Wellington Infantry Battalion, Wellington West Coast Regiment, 2nd Reinforcements, 1st N.Z.E.F.
Service Number:10/3292
Place of Embarkation:Wellington, New Zealand
Date of Embarkation:13 November 1915
Vessel:Willochra or Tofua
Place of Arrival Overseas:Suez, Egypt
Final Rank:Corporal
Military Awards:Military Medal, 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, War Medal 1939-45, NZ War Service Medal.
Wars:World War 2 and World War 1
Spouses Name:Marjorie Helen McFarlane
Fathers Name:Herbert Henson
Mothers Name:Kathleen (Catherine) Jane Ross