Norman Henson (1896–1990)

1st Stoker

Royal Navy K34010 HMS: Euryalus,Venus, Victory II

Photo courtesy Shiela Lockie and Maureen Austick

Photo of Nirman Henson, sailor in WW1

Norman Henson was born at Crich on 29th August 1896. Photo Sheila Lockie and Maureen Austick He was the oldest of the six children of Lewis Henson and Elizabeth Ann Harrison, all of whom were boys.
His naval service records state that at the time of enlistment in 1916 he was employed as an engine driver. This was probably on the Clay Cross Company’s mineral railway running between Cliff Quarry at Crich and the company’s lime kilns at Ambergate. Norman’s younger brother George is known to have been employed on the same railway at this time.
During the war Norman served as a stoker with the Royal Navy. His period of engagement dates from 14th June 1916, initially with the rank of Stoker 2nd Class. He was promoted to the rank of Stoker 1st Class on board HMS Euryalus on 14th June 1917. The majority of his naval service was spent aboard HMS Euryalus and HMS Venus. Latterly he was stationed at HMS Victory II, which was the name given to a training depot which at the time of the First World War, was based at Crystal Palace in London. Norman received an honourable discharge on 19th December 1918 owing to organic heart disease and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
After he was honourably discharged from the Royal Navy, Norman married Beatrice May Dexter in 1920. They had two daughters. Almost all of their married life was spent living in the Derby area, where they lived at Allenton for many years. For much of his working life Norman was employed as a boiler stoker for various employers in the Derby area, most notably at Queen Street Baths when it opened in 1932. Shortly after his wife’s death in 1983 he moved to live at Holbrook, near Belper.
Norman Henson passed away at Holbrook on 6th October 1990, aged ninety-four years. He was laid to rest in the churchyard of the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels at Alvaston.

Norman Henson's discharge certificate from the Royal Navy at the end of WW1

Norman Henson’s Discharge Certificate

Field Ambulance Record
N Henson aged 22
Stoker R/34010
Years Service: 3 years
Ailment: MCO
Date transferred to other hospital: 18/09/1918
Date of transfer from another hospital: 11/09/18
Notes written in Observation Column: Froma Alexandria to Marselles
Religion: C of E
Regiment: Royal Navy

Norman’s younger brother George Henry Henson is also listed on the Roll of Honour, as is his uncle Arthur Walker Harrison, and his cousin George Cowlishaw.


1901: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Lewis Henson Head 27 Horse keeper lime kilns Crich
Elizabeth A Henson wife 26   Crich
Norman Henson son 4   Crich
George H Henson son 2   Crich

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1911: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Lewis Henson Head 38 Horse keeper lime kilns Belper
Elizabeth Ann Henson wife 36   Crich
Norman Henson son 14   Crich
George Henry Henson son 12   Crich
Harold Victor Henson son 9   Crich
Arthur Henson son 6   Crich
Walter Henson son 3   Crich
not christened Henson son under 1 month   Crich

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1918 Crich voters
Norman Henson, The Common; absent on military service.

1939 Register: 3 Turner Street, Derby
Norman Henson b.29 August 1896; Labourer aero engine test department
Beatrice M Henson 22 June 1900
two closed records