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Edward John Henson, of London, wounded at Spion Kop 1 month 2 weeks ago #69998

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SOLDIER SEEKS SUICIDE.
……Charged with attempted suicide, Edward John Henson, an ex-soldier, was remanded at Lambeth Police-court yesterday.
……"I am out of work," Henson pleaded. "I have parted with everything in my house that will fetch money, and as there is nothing left for us I thought I had better get out of this world."
……Henson's wife said he was a most steady man, but had been frightfully worried about her and her two children. "He wants work, sir," she pleaded pathetically, "that is the trouble."
……The police said that Henson had served nine years and nine months in the Army, served on the Indian frontier, in South Africa, and was wounded at Spion Kop.

Evening Express, Wednesday 21st November 1906
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He may have been Edward John Henson, whose birth was recorded in the Newington registration district in the fourth quarter of 1867.

There was an Edward John Henson whose death was recorded in the West Ham registration district, second quarter of 1918, aged 37, but that age wouldn't match a birth in 1867. He was likely to be the E.J.H. whose birth was registered at Staines, fourth quarter of 1881.

Another E.J.H. death was the one recorded in the Bromley registration district, second quarter of 1942, which matches the Newington birth.
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Edward John Henson, of London, wounded at Spion Kop 1 month 2 weeks ago #70006

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Berenice,

I thought this was going to be 2524 Private E J Henson of the 1st Border Regiment, which were involved in the relief of Ladysmith, but he appears not to have been there, being invalided and receiving the clasps CC, OFS and Tr.

His service papers say he first name was William, born in 1871 in Peterborough so that is confusing.

There are no other options on the rolls.
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