Second Lieutenant Walter Haddon

Second Lieutenant Walter Haddon, 7th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He died of wounds in the Quality Street, Casualty Clearing Station in France on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos, aged 27. He was the son of Walter and Caroline Haddon of Firth, Hawick and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  He had been a Territorial with the 9th Battalion, Royal Scots from 1909-1912 and had re-enlisted in August 1914. He fell in the attack on the Lens Road Redoubts where Piper Daniel Laidlaw of the same Regiment won his Victoria Cross. The attack was successful but casualties were very high. 12 Officers were killed. and the Regiment as a whole suffered 611 casualties out of 950 .On the outbreak of War he had rejoined his old Regiment,9th Battalion, Royal Scots. Later he was commissioned into 7th K.O.S.B. He was educated at Warriston School, Moffat and then Edinburgh Academy. Prior to enlisting he was serving an apprenticeship with Messrs. James Henderson, Hosiery manufacturers. The picture is an artists impression of Laidlaw with his gas hood pulled up despite the gas piping the men out of the trenches and into the attack

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