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Capt. The Hon.
Eric Brand Butler-Henderson
Birth name Eric Brand Henderson
Born (1884-09-26)26 September 1884
Died 18 December 1953(1953-12-18) (aged 69)
Place of birth Norwood Green, Middlesex
Place of death Andover, Hampshire
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1908–21
Rank Captain
Unit Berkshire (Hungerford) Yeomanry
Spouse(s) Sophia Isabelle Butler Massey
Relations Vicki Butler-Henderson
Charlie Butler-Henderson
Other work Company director

Capt. The Hon. Eric Brand Butler-Henderson (26 September 1884 – 18 December 1953[1]) was the seventh child of Alexander Henderson, 1st Baron Faringdon,[2] and the great-grandfather of Vicki (born 1972) and Charlie Butler-Henderson. He was a soldier and company director, who was honoured when a steam locomotive was named after him.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born Eric Brand Henderson on 26 September 1884 at Norwood Green in Middlesex, the son of Alexander and Jane Henderson, his father was a stock broker.[3] He was schooled at Eton College.[1] He married Sophia Isabelle Butler Massey (known as Zoë[4]) on 10 December 1910, and on 21 December 1910 used a deed poll to legally change his name to Eric Brand Butler-Henderson. They had six children: Lionel (born 1911); Patrick (born 1913); Mary (born 1915); Edward (born 1916); Doreen (born 1920); and Kenneth (born 1929).[1]

His eldest son Lionel Butler-Henderson raced cars for Frazer Nash in the 1930s; Lionel's second child Guy (born 1948) raced in the British Karting team; and two of Guy's children, Vicki (born 1972) and Charlie (born 1978), also became accomplished motor racing drivers.[5][6][7][8][9]

By 1926, Eric Butler-Henderson was living at Winwick Manor, Rugby; in that year he was appointed one of the Sheriffs of Northamptonshire;[10] in 1927 he was again appointed Sheriff for that county,[11] and once again in 1928,[12] but in 1929 was appointed High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.[13]

Eric Butler-Henderson was appointed a Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (C.St.J.) on 20 December 1937.[14]

He died in Andover district of Hampshire on 18 December 1953, aged 69.[1][15]

Army career[edit | edit source]

He was appointed to the Berkshire Imperial Yeomanry (as a second lieutenant) on 30 March 1908[16] and (when the Territorial Force was formed), transferred to the Berkshire (Hungerford) Yeomanry with a number of other officers on 1 April 1908, retaining his rank.[17] He was promoted to temporary captain on 9 April 1915,[18] and achieved the rank of Captain on 20 December 1915.[19] As part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force he was reported as wounded in 1915.[20] He transferred from the Yeomanry to the Territorial Force Reserve on 6 November 1917, as a Captain.[21] He relinquished his Territorial Army Reserve commission on 30 September 1921, retaining his rank of Captain but not the right to wear the uniform.[22]

Railways[edit | edit source]

No. 506 Butler–Henderson
The nameplate of no. 506; the coat of arms is that of the Great Central Railway

In May 1918, Butler-Henderson was elected a Director of the Great Central Railway (GCR), where his father, Lord Faringdon, was chairman of the board.[23] Like other GCR Directors of the period, he was accorded the honour of having one of the railway's latest express passenger locomotives named after him: no. 506, the first locomotive of GCR Class 11F, was named Butler–Henderson when it entered service on 27 December 1919.[24][25]

Butler-Henderson was the last new Director of the GCR; at the start of 1923, the GCR amalgamated with several other railways to form the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), and Butler-Henderson was one of four GCR nominees who became Directors of the LNER, his appointment being confirmed on 17 November 1922.[23] He remained a Director of the LNER until at least 1930.[26] Locomotive no. 506 was also inherited by the LNER, and it latterly bore numbers 5506 (from June 1924), 2660 (from October 1946) and finally 62660 (from October 1949). It remained in service with the LNER and its successor, British Railways, until October 1960. After it was withdrawn from service, it was selected for preservation, being restored during 1961.[24] It is part of the National Collection, and as of 25 November 2014 (2014-11-25) is on loan to Barrow Hill Engine Shed,[27] where it is on static display.

He was a director of Catalinas Warehouses and Mole Co. Ltd., resigning upon the appointment of liquidators on 27 October 1953.[28]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Lundy, Darryl (3 April 2011). "Hon. Eric Brand Butler-Henderson". The Peerage. Ngaio, Wellington: Lundy Consulting Ltd. http://thepeerage.com/p40383.htm#i403826. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. Lundy, Darryl (3 April 2011). "Alexander Henderson, 1st Baron Faringdon". The Peerage. Ngaio, Wellington: Lundy Consulting Ltd. http://thepeerage.com/p2983.htm#i29825. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  3. 1891 Census of Faringdon, RG12/107, Page 3, Eric Brand Henderson. Buscot Park, Buscot, Aged: 6 Where Born:Norwood Green, Middlesex.
  4. Lundy, Darryl (20 February 2011). "Hon. Sophia Isabelle Butler Massey". The Peerage. Ngaio, Wellington: Lundy Consulting Ltd. http://thepeerage.com/p40383.htm#i403828. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. Pfundner, Martin. Alpine Trials and Rallies: 1910 To 1973. pp. 31, 34. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=PNtwhCL2scgC&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=Lionel+Butler-Henderson. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  6. "Lionel Butler-Henderson". The Peerage. 9 July 2010. http://thepeerage.com/p40383.htm#i403829. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  7. "Guy Butler-Henderson". The Peerage. 9 July 2010. http://thepeerage.com/p40384.htm#i403837. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  8. Selby, Dave (21 September 2002). "Autobiography: Vicki Butler-Henderson". http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/4757852/Autobiography-Vicki-Butler-Henderson.html. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  9. "Biography". Vicki Butler-Henderson Appreciation Site. http://www.vb-h.net/biography.htm. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  10. "No. 33222". 19 November 1926. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33222/page/ 
  11. "No. 33330". 18 November 1927. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33330/page/ 
  12. "No. 33439". 16 November 1928. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33439/page/ 
  13. "No. 33479". 22 March 1929. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33479/page/ 
  14. "No. 34470". 4 January 1938. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34470/page/ 
  15. General Register Office index of deaths registered in October, November, December 1953 – Name: Henderson, Eric B.B. Age: 69 District: Andover, Hampshire Volume: 6B Page: 61.
  16. "No. 28136". 12 May 1908. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28136/page/ 
  17. "No. 28171". 25 August 1908. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28171/page/ 
  18. "No. 29121". 6 April 1915. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29121/page/ 
  19. "No. 29934". 6 February 1917. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29934/page/ 
  20. "Casualties in the Army". 9 September 1915. p. 6. http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/searchbna/viewrecord/bl/0000576/19150909/059/0006. 
  21. "No. 30367". 2 November 1917. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30367/page/ 
  22. "No. 32552". 16 December 1921. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32552/page/ 
  23. 23.0 23.1 Dow, George (1965). Great Central, Volume Three: Fay Sets the Pace, 1900–1922. Shepperton: Ian Allan. pp. 301, 346–7, 352, 356. ISBN 0-7110-0263-0. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 Boddy, M.G.; Brown, W.A.; Hennigan, W.; Neve, E.; Platt, E.N.T.; Russell, O.; Yeadon, W.B. (January 1981). Fry, E.V.. ed. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R., part 3B: Tender Engines – Classes D1 to D12. Kenilworth: RCTS. pp. 92, 101. ISBN 0-901115-46-0. 
  25. Dow 1965, pp. 330, 370
  26. Hughes, Geoffrey (1987) [1986]. LNER. London: Guild Publishing/Book Club Associates. p. 145. CN 1455. 
  27. "Director class "Butler Henderson", Great Central Railway". York: The Board of Trustees of the National Railway Museum. 25 November 2009. http://www.nrm.org.uk/OurCollection/UsingTheRailway/CollectionItem.aspx?objid=1978-7030. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  28. "No. 40008". 6 November 1953. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/40008/page/ 

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