JOHN THOMAS HADDON

Private 235528, 8th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

Died 18th September 1917 aged 32

No Known Grave Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

Husband of Elsie Haddon

Lived 41, Croft Street, Heckmondwike


John was the son of Charles and Mary Ann Haddon who were from Grantham in Lincolnshire.  John was one of six children.  The family moved to Heckmondwike sometime between 1891 and 1901, they initially lived on Oldfield Lane and before the war John was an Assistant in a Dye Works.

In 1915 he married Elsie Longden and their only child John was born the following year in 1916.  After the war Elsie remarried and went on to have six more children.

He joined the Durham Light Infantry in August 1916 and was later transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment.  On September 15th 1917 the 8th York and Lancaster marched to the front line at the Belgian village of Zillebek, just South of Ypres. They were in the trenches at Hellebast Corner – known to the troops as Hellblast Corner – on the morning of the 18th a party of 40 raided the German line, in retaliation the Germans shelled the British trenches.  Between the 16th and the 18th September 23 men of the 8th battalion were killed and John Haddon was one of these.
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