Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Major the Honourable Michael T Henderson - GHQ Quartermaster

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 Henderson short
Born: 2.01.1906
Parents: Son of Lt.-Col. Hon. Harold Greenwood Henderson and Lady Violet Charlotte Dalzell.
Educated: Educated at Harrow and Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he became a Senior Under Officer.
Died: 19.11.1953
Commissioned: Gazetted to 16th/5th Lancers September 1925 but did not join the Regiment until their return from Egypt to Tidworth in 1926.


Sept1925 2nd Lt. [33704]
3 Sept 1927 Promoted Lieutenant
1 Dec 1933 To be Adjutant 16/5 Lancers
24 Jun1934 Promoted Captain
29 Sep 1936 Retired
1940-Feb 1942

Soon after outbreak of Second World War was appointed General Staff Officer at General Headquarters, Home Force Staff dealing with Home Guard in their role of "Invasion of Britain" threat. During this time he enjoyed taking friends to the Depot and showing them the large mass of weapons which had been collected as a result of the Prime Minister's order to fight to the last ditch with any available weapon.

Colonel Gubbins sent Major the Honourable Michael T Henderson to scout around the country for a suitable HQ after the Luftwaffe blitzed the cramped offices in Whitehall Place, Westminster.

Henderson soon discovered that Coleshill, the country estate adjacent to that of his brother, was qualified in all respects (as a potential HQ). Coleshill's owner was the Earl of Radnor, but only the Earl's two Pleydell-Bouverie sisters and their dogs lived there.

Post Feb 1942 Later promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed General Staff Officer at Director of Military Training, War Office, dealing with Combined Operations to retirement 1945.
1 Jan 1949 Promoted WS Major from WS Captain.

(Information compiled for CART by CART Researcher Bill Ashby)