John William Hendrickson

Date of birth: 1878
Place of birth: Whitechapel, London
Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
Battalion: 12th
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 54138
Died: 18th June 1917, aged 38 years
Buried: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium (Plot II, Row D, Grave 53)


John was the oldest of 5 siblings born to Peter John and Maria SOPHIA Hendrickson.

There is no proof that the couple ever married, but it must be presumed that they did.


Peter was born in Sweden in 1831 and he died in Southampton in 1908.

Sophia was born in Germany in 1845 and she passed away on 29 May 1918 in Minnesota.


The parents were definitely in Southampton in the early 1880’s and the whole family is known to have been living at 17 Alfred Place, St. Mary’s at the 1901 Census.



John William 

Charles Osker   b. 7 June 1883 Northam   d. 1956 Islington   Married Ellen (Nellie) Young in Southampton in 1904.

Anna Maria   b. 1884 Southampton   d. ??

Edith Charlotte   b. 1888 Southampton   d. ??

Hannah Sophia   b. 1889 Southampton   d. ??


John married Ellen (Nellie) Mouncher on 10 August 1912 in Southampton. Ellen Jones had married Henry (Harry) Mouncher in Southampton in 1889, but Harry died in 1900.


Ellen was 14 years older than John and had been born in Northfleet. She had 2 children with Harry and 2 with John……


Ellen (Nellie) Kate Mouncher   b. 1890 Southampton   d. ??   Married Henry A. Legg in Southampton in 1912.

Nellie received all of John’s chattels after his death, and was declared the guardian of his children.

Violet Mouncher b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1980 Southampton   Married George V. Penny in Southampton in 1922.


Archibald LEONARD   b. 8 March 1904 Southampton   d. 1923 Fareham

Edith   b. 10 April 1906 Southampton   d. 1971 Hillingdon Married Frederick C. Wilson in Southampton in 1926.



John attested on 8 December 1915 in Southampton, joining the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (#32604).

He was mobilised on 14 September 1916 and transferred to the Durham Light Infantry on 9 January 1917.


The battalion took part in the “set piece” Battle of Messines in the middle of 1917. It was intended to take the high ground to the south of Ypres, prior to the northern offensive.

After an intense bombardment, including the exploding of underground mines, the 12 Battalion (based near Hill 60) advanced approximately 1000 yards, with relatively few losses.


It is likely that John was badly wounded during this operation and found himself in a Casualty Clearing Station.


The cemetery, along with Dozinghem and Bandaghem, were the popular names given by troops to the C.C.S posted to this area.


In July 1916, the 46th (1st/1st Wesssex) C.C.S was opened at Proven and this site was chosen for its cemetery.


Most burials took place between July 1917 and early 1918, during the major Allied offensive.


Mendinghem holds 2,391 Commonwealth WW1 burials, including 20 of John’s battalion colleagues.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016


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