Capt Harold Esmond Haddon

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The Royal Memorial Chapel

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Seating
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain Harold Esmond Haddon, 119th Infantry, Indian Army. Son of the late Thomas Wright Haddon (M.A., University College Oxford, formerly of H.M. Civil Service Commission, subsequently Senior Classical Master of the City of London School), and of Margaret Haddon (nee Ashton) of 4, Hervey Road, Blackheath, London. Educated at Stratheden House School, Blackheath and Tonbridge School. Gentleman Cadet at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst 1907-08. Commissioned into the Indian Army 1908. First attached to the 1st Royal Warwicks, and received his permanent commission in the 119th Infantry (The Mooltan Regiment), Indian Army, in 1910. Promoted to Lieutenant 9 Dec 1910. In 1913 he took the Special Machine Gun and Musketry Examination, and was the only one of forty candidates who was " distinguished " in both. He was Quartermaster from 1912 until Jun 1915. In Oct, 1914, the Regiment were ordered to Mesopotamia, but being detained in India on special duty, did not land at Basra until 7 Dec 1914. Took part in the Battle of Zobeir (Shaiba), 12-14 Apr 1915, the advance to and capture of Amara in Jun 1915, where he commanded a double company of Rajputs, the attack on Kut-el-Amara, the battle of Ctesiphon 22-24 Nov 1915, and the withdrawal to Kut-el-Amara. The Siege of Kut-el-Amara commenced on 7 Dec 1915, and in " the Christmas Eve Attack" he was killed aged 26 years by a bomb as he was running along a trench, only fifty yards from the enemy's, calling out his men to meet an infantry attack. He was buried on Christmas Day, 1915, in the cemetery at Kut-el-Amara, and is now in grave P. 9. of the Kut War Cemetery, Al Kut, Wasit, Iraq. He is also commemorated on a memorial plaque in St Marys Church, Langham, Colchester.
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Harold Esmond Haddon, Capt 119th Infantry, I.A. Killed in action Kut-el-Amara 24th December 1915 aged 26. "Sed miles, sed pro patria".

Harold Esmond Haddon

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