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The Papers of Captain A. R. Henderson relating to Invergordon

Reference Code: GBR/0014/HEND

Scope and Contents

These papers mostly consist of copies of official letters and documents from the time of the Invergordon mutiny in September 1931. There are also letters written to Henderson by Rear-Admiral Tomkinson, as well as press cuttings relating to Admiral Keyes raising a question about the Admiralty's treatment of Tomkinson from 1934.


  • Creation: 1925 - 1934

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Henderson was born in India 7 August 1891 and was educated at Oundle School. He joined the Royal Navy as an Assistant Clerk in 1909. He first served in HMS Terrible and was in HMS Barham at the Battle of Jutland. In 1927 he was appointed Secretary to Rear-Admiral Tomkinson, the Chief of Staff to Admiral Sir Roger Keyes, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. He was promoted to Commander in 1930. In 1933 Paymaster-Commander Henderson returned to general pay and supply duties and was appointed Paymaster to the R.F.A. Hospital Ship Maine. From 1934 onwards his career was interrupted by periods of ill health but he served at shore-establishments at Portland, Hong Kong and in the aircraft-carrier Furious. In 1939 he served as Paymaster-Commander of HMS Rodney but due to ill-health was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Captain in 1941. He was immediately re-employed in that rank in various shore-establishments. In 1944 he served on the Inter-Services Committee under Ernest Bevin, Minister of Labour. He set up the Navy's first Demobilisation Centre at Portsmouth, and left the navy in 1946. Henderson died 5 October 1966.


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Other Finding Aids

This catalogue is available at Churchill Archives Centre, at The Historical Manuscripts Commission and on the Janus website:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Henderson requested that his papers should be destroyed after his death, this was done except for the few that remain in this collection. The contents of an envelope marked "Invergordon" were kept by his family, on the advice of Rear-Admiral Sir Lionel Sturdee in case the Invergordon incident was ever a matter of controversy again. These papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 1971 and 1975 by Henderson's daughter.

Related Materials

The papers of Rear-Admiral Wilfred Tomkinson (ref. TOMK) and Admiral Sir (Alfred) Dudley Pound (ref. DUPO) are also held at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in April 2003. Biographical information was obtained from "Who Was Who 1897-1996" (A&C Black) and from the catalogue.


Henderson, Andrew Richmond, 1891-1966, Captain RN

2003-04-07 13:19:32+00:00
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Repository Details

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