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Ronald Lucas Quixano Henriques

Born:
16 Sivan 5644 (09 June 1884)
Died:
23 Elul 5674 (14 September 1914)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
HEN0729
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
16 Sivan 5644 (09 June 1884)
Place of birth:
Paddington, London

Death

Date of death:
23 Elul 5674 (14 September 1914)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Aisne, near Paissy
Cause of death:
Gunshot wound
Burial place:
Vendresse British Cemetery, France

Places

Addresses

Parents' Home:
17 Russel Square Hyde Park, London

Schools

Name:
Harrow
Year started:
1898
Year left:
1901
Name:
Sandhurst
Year started:
1901
Year left:
1903
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Details of Death, 14 September 1914

The following is an extract from a letter written by a Private under Lieutenant Henriques' command detailing the day of his death published in the Harrovian War Supplement -'It was September 14th. We had just come through- I think it was the village of Paissy- on to some very high ground. We halted, and were told that the enemy were entrenched on the hills in front of us, and we were to drive them out. We started the advance, my platoon was about thirty yards behind Mr. Henriques in support. We had just come out of a valley when the Germans opened fire on us. However we kept on advancing until we were about thirty yards from the enemy. We were all up in line and I was the third man away from Mr. Henriques. He just raised his head and shoulders and said, “Advance!” when he was shot through the centre of the forehead, killing him instantly.'

Impact of Death, 1914

Lieutenant Ronald Lucas Quixano Henriques is believed to be the first Jewish Officer killed in the British Army during the First World War. His life and death in military service was hailed by many leading members of the Jewish community as being exemplary and called for more young men to serve their country with the same bravery and dedication as Henriques.

Experience of War

In letters home quoted in the Jewish Chronicle after his death, Lieutenant Henriques spoke of his experience fighting. He once said that it was common for his battalion to march for 15 hours a day with only a few hours sleep in between. He also went on to describe his excitement at finally making it to the Front and his eagerness to fight, tragically he was killed only 3 days after sending this last letter.

Family

Siblings

Julian Quixano Henriques (male)
Sybil Henriques (female)
Harold Lucas Quixano Henriques (male)
Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (male)

Parents

Father: David Quixano Henriques (male)
Mother: Agnes Charlotte Henriques (female)

Military Record

Military service:
British Expeditionary Force
Date enlisted/conscripted:
10 October 1903
Date discharged/death:
14 September 1914
Rank at discharge/death:
Lieutenant
Assignments
Regiment:
Queen's Royal West Surrey
Battalion/unit:
2nd Battalion
Posting:
Gibralta, Bermuda, South Africa and France
Campaigns:
First Battle of the Aisne, Battle of Mons

Roll of Honour

R. L. Q. HENRIQUES, 14 September 1914

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Lieutenant
Date of Death:
14/09/1914
Age:
30
Regiment / service:
2nd Bn., posted to 1st Bn., The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Cemetery:
Vendresse British Cemetery
Grave reference:
IV. H. 1.
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