DLI soldier captured by Germans May 1940

Living History


Please could someone possibly point me in the right direction?

I am trying to find out a little more about Sergeant Robert Henderson, a rifleman for the DLI from Houghton-le-Spring. He served with either the 2nd or 11th battalions – I’d love to know which one.

He was born in 1902, trained with the Territorial Army during the 1930s and, despite being a miner when war broke out, was called up to fight almost at once.

In 1940 he was posted to northern France with the advance forces, where he saw action with enemy forces, and in May of that year he was captured on the France/Belgium border.

He spent the rest of the war in prisoner-of-war camps, including Stalag 383 in Bavaria, and wrote a short journal of his capture experience after returning home.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t give his soldier number or battalion information. (Or even the exact date of his capture). Can anyone help?

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