Women’s History Month: Corporal Elspeth Henderson

8th March 2021 marks International Women’s Day. We want to celebrate the achievements of Corporal Elspeth Henderson, one of three WAAFs based at Biggin Hill who won the Military MedaL, along with Sergeant Helen Turner and Sergeant Joan Elizabeth Mortimer.

On the 31st August 1940 RAF Biggin Hill suffered heavy bombing raids. Corporal Henderson was in the Operations Room, manning the switchboard to 11 Group headquarters at Uxbridge. Everyone was ordered to take shelter, but Corporal Henderson was still in touch with Uxbridge, the only line still intact. She refused to leave her post and was knocked over by one of the blasts. For this she was awarded the Military Medal for bravery.

In March 1941 she went with Sergeant Helen Turner and Sergeant Joan Elizabeth Mortimer to Buckingham Palace to receive her medal.