Henshaw, Albert Goodess: Service no. 53537

Digitized Service Record

Source: 18th Battalion Nominal Roll, April 1915.

Enlisted underage. Gave date of birth as 1893 on attestation papers.

Biography

Born Apr 29 1895, Bath, Summerset, England.1,2,3

On Apr 28 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Albert Henshaw admitted for permanent U.S. residency on the S.S. Chalmette.1

He married Gladys Anne Buckles1,3 [Gladys Anne Bunting3,4,5], Aug 29 19281,3, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana1,3. Gladys, daughter of John L. + Mary E. Buckles, was born Feb 28 1891, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana.1,2,3,5

Gladys had been previously married to a Roy/Ray W. Bunting,3,4,5 by whom she had a daughter, Mary Ann Bunting, born Aug 12 1913, Knox County, Indiana.3,4,5

Albert and Gladys were shown in the 1930 census (Apr 9 1930), living with her widowed mother in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana:3

Buckles, Mary E, head-of-household, age 63, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; widow; owned home ($6000 value); radio in home.
Bunting, Mary A, granddaughter, age 16, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; attended school.
Henshaw, Albert G, son-in-law, age 35, born in England; parents born in England; first married at age 32; occupation: commercial [..unclear..], refining co.; World War I veteran.
Henshaw, Gladys, daughter, age 39, born in Indiana; parents born in Indiana; married.
In Apr 1950 Albert Goodess Henshaw, age 60, petitioned for naturalization at the U.S. District Court in Biloxi, Mississippi. He declared he was born April 29, 1895 in Bath, Summerset, England, and was then residing at 2928 Pass Road, Biloxi, Mississippi, retired and blind; married to Gladys Anne, Aug 29 1928, Vincesses, Indiana. No children. He was recorded as 5′ 11.5″ tall, 154 lbs., blue eyes, gray hair, fair complexion, and “scarred left eye” and “artificial right eye”.1

Gladys died Sep – 1972.2

In 1976 Albert was living in/near Ocean Springs, Jackson County, Mississippi.2

Albert Goodess Henshaw died Dec – 1976.2

Sources
Mississippi, Naturalization Records, 1867-2008; http://www.ancestry.com.
“Social Security Death Index” (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration “Death Master File”. See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
1930 census, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana; roll T626-596, ED 25, page 8A, line #19, dwelling #198, family #211.
Indiana Births, 1880-1920; http://www.ancestry.com.
1920 census, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana; roll T625-443, ED 115, page 2A, line #6, dwelling #27, family #29.

Further Biography

Albert Goodess Henshaw, the eldest son of James Edward Henshaw, a coal merchant and Mayor of Bath
in 1902, and his wife Mary Anne Henshaw, previously Higginson, was born at Bath on 29 April 1894. From
1908 until 1912 he attended Blundell’s College at Tiverton where he was a member of the Officer’s
Training Corps. With a fair knowledge of engineering, and the ability to speak French, Henshaw later
travelled to Canada where he worked as a salesman and interpreter.

However, at Sarnia, Ontario, on 24 October 1914 he joined the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force,
and finally sailed for England aboard the ‘SS Grampian’ on 18 April 1915. Then, on 4 December 1915,
Lieutenant A.G. Henshaw of the Eastern Ontario Regiment was ordered to report to the School of
Instruction at Reading for instruction in aviation. The School had only opened on 1 December, and
Henshaw was in the first intake of 36 officers from all over the British Army.

On 8 February 1916 he was posted to No.3 Reserve Squadron at Shoreham, and on 26 April 1916 was
awarded Royal Aero Club Certificate No.2781 following a flight in a Grahame-White biplane at the
Grahame-White School at Hendon. On the same day Henshaw was transferred to No.28 Squadron at
Gosport before being graded Flying Officer and seconded to the Royal Flying Corps on 24 June.
Consequently, on 27 June 1916 he posted to France to join No.20 Squadron at Clairmarais.

Then, on 30 July 1917, Henshaw was given a ‘Special Appointment’, which necessitated him being
promoted to Temporary Captain and graded Flight Commander ‘whilst so employed’, and on 29 August
1916 he was transferred to No.16 Squadron, which moved to Bruay on the 31st. However, on 17 October
1916 he hospitalized and declared unfit for General Service, but fit for Home Service and on 26 January
1917 was transferred to the Home Administrative Wing, before being posted to the Southern Aircraft
Repair Depot at Farnborough on 3 February, and then attached to the Air Ministry at No.2 Aircraft
Acceptance Park at Hendon on 9 July. On 4 May 1918 his address was given as Englishcombe House,
Englishcombe Lane, Bath, and on the 14th he was declared unfit for General and Home Service – ground
duties only.

Henshaw married Winifred Margaret Moore on 12 June 1918 at St George, Tufnell Park, Islington,
London, and on 23 July was once again permitted to undertake local delivery flights. On 30 May 1919 he
ceased to be seconded to the RAF, at which time his service record stated that since joining the R.F.C. he
had flown ‘all types of machines’ including several German types.

He subsequently migrated to the United States, arriving at New Orleans from Havana, Cuba, aboard the
‘SS Chalmette’ on 28 April 1924 and described as a broker. On 29 August 1928 Henshaw married Gladys
Ann Buckles at Vincennes, Indiana, and on 12 November 1955, and by then described as retired, blind,
artificial right eye, scarred left eye, was granted US citizenship at Biloxi, Mississippi. Albert Goodess
Henshaw, widower, died in Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi, in December 1976 and was buried in the
Southern Memorial Park at Biloxi.

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