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Inside a building - public/private
- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
Memorial to Lieutenant Gerald Francis Hadow, 2nd Battalion Alexandra princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Elder son of Colonel Arthur de Salis Hadow and Mrs Hadow of 41 Queen's Gate Gardens, South Kensington, London. Educated at Tonbridge School 1909-1912 and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the Yorkshire Regiment at the start of WWI. Was attached for three months to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion at West Hartlepool, and joined the 2nd Battalion in France, and served throughout the winter 1914/15 in the trenches. At the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, all the officers of his Company being killed or wounded, he commanded the company for a day and a half of the battle, and brought it out of action, having taken sixty prisoners. In Mar 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant. He was present, as second in command of his Company, throughout the first Battle of Festubert. Killed in action aged 20 years during an attack on German trenches between La Bassee and Givenchy. He led his Platoon to the assault, and had reached the German barbed wire, but returned to his trenches and finding practically the whole of his Platoon had been killed or wounded and all the company officers were dead or wounded. He was proceeding along the communication trench to report to his Commanding Officer, when he was hit by a shell and killed instantaneously. He was buried near Givenchy. He is also commemorated on Panel 12 of the Le Touret Memorial, Richebourg-l'Avoue, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.
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