Peter Henderson, Baron Henderson of Brompton
The Lord Henderson of Brompton
|Clerk of the Parliaments|
|Preceded by||Sir David Stephens|
|Succeeded by||Sir John Sainty|
|Member of the House of Lords|
1 February 1984 – 13 January 2000
Peter Gordon Henderson
16 September 1922
|Children||Sir Launcelot Henderson|
|Alma mater||Magdalen College, Oxford|
|Awards||Order of Bath (1975)|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
He was born into a Scottish family, the son of James Alexander Leo Henderson and Maud Sophia Grace Hardy. Henderson was educated at Dragon School and Stowe School and Magdalen College, Oxford. He served with the Scots Guards during the Second World until he was seriously wounded in 1944 during the Battle of Anzio, sustaining injuries from which he never fully recovered, despite undergoing multiple operations over the years. His brother John Patrick Leo Henderson was killed in action in Italy in 1944.
Having been appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1975, he was created a life peer as Baron Henderson of Brompton, of Brompton in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and of Brough in the County of Cumbria on 1 February 1984, a nod to the holiday cottage in Brough, Cumbria he owned for more than four decades.
Henderson was a crusader for civil rights in the House of Lords. He fought for legal abortion and defended embryology research and in vitro fertilisation: "His battle for gay rights – as against article 28 – was part of his crusade against those underprivileged by discrimination, including young criminals, schizophrenics and homeless mothers with children."
His son is the Appeal Court judge Sir Launcelot Henderson.
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