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Private Francis Haddon

Civilian Occupation: Ellerbeck Colliery11675 PTE FRANCIS HADDON 1 11675 PTE FRANCIS HADDON 2

Francis Haddon was 24 years old when he died during the Battle of Chunuk Bair on 9th August 1916.

His sacrifice is recalled at the HELLES MEMORIAL and he is recorded in the Chorley Memorial Album in Astley Hall on page CMB/II/20a. He attended Sacred Heart, Chorley.

Notes of his life and service include:

The 1891 Census places him at 24 Leigh Row: John Haddon (32, Head, Coal Miner, Born in Welch Whittle, [Coppull]), Mary Haddon (33,Wife, Born in Chorley) Rose A Haddon (12, Daughter,Scholar, Born in Chorley), Sarah E Haddon (10, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), Caroline Haddon (7, Daughter, Scholar, Born in Chorley), John Haddon (3, Born in Chorley), Francis Haddon (5 months, Son, Born in Chorley).

The 1901 Census places him at 26 King Street: John Haddon (41, Head, Coal Labourer, Underground, Born in Chorley), Mary Haddon (42,Wife, Born in Welch Whittle, [Coppull]) Rose A Haddon (12, Daughter, Colour Carder, Born in Chorley), Sarah E Haddon (20, Daughter, Colour Carder, Born in Chorley), Caroline Haddon (17, Daughter, Colour Carder, Born in Chorley), John Haddon (13, Coal, Tally Hanger, Underground, Born in Chorley), Francis Haddon (10, Son, Born in Chorley), Eliza Haddon (7, Daughter, Born in Chorley), Mary E Haddon (5, Daughter, Born in Chorley), Florence Haddon (4, Daughter, Born in Chorley ), David Haddon (1, Son, Born in Chorley), Emily A Latham (15, Boarder, Cotton Winder, Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire).

The 1911 Census places him at 26 King Street: John Haddon (51, Head, Collier, Hewer, Colliery Co, Ltd, Born in Welch Whittle, [Coppull]), Mary Haddon (53,Wife, Shopkeeper, Sweets, Own Account, married 32 years, 13 children, 9 living, 4 dead, Born in Chorley) Francis Haddon (20, Son, Collier, Underground Labourer, Hewer, Colliery Co, Ltd, Born in Chorley), Eliza Haddon (17, Daughter, Card Room Hand, Intermediate Frame Tenter, Cotton Manufacturer, Born in Chorley), Mary Ellen Haddon (15, Daughter, Card Room Hand, Cotton Manufacturer, Born in Chorley), Florence Haddon (13, Daughter, Card Room Hand, Cotton Manufacturer, Born in Chorley ), David Haddon (11, Son, Born in Chorley).

He enlisted on 5th August, 1914 and was reported missing and presumed killed in action during the Battle of Chunuk Bair.

The official despatch about this action states;

“The two battalions of the New Army chosen to hold Chunuk Bair were the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The first of these arrived in good time and occupied the trenches. Even in the darkness their commanding officer, Lieut-Colonel H.G. Levinge, recognized how dangerously these trenches were sited, and he began at once to dig observation posts on the actual crest and to strengthen the defences where he could; but he had not time given him to do much.

The second battalion, the Wiltshires, were delayed by the intricate country; they did not reach the edge of the entrenchment until 4am, and were then told to lie down in what was believed, erroneously, to be a covered position. At daybreak on Tuesday 10th August, the Turks delivered a grand attack from the Chunuk Bair Hill-Q against these two battalions, already weakened in numbers, though not in spirit, by previous fighting.

First our men were shelled by every enemy gun, and then, at 5.30am, were assaulted by a huge column consisting of no less than a full division, plus a regiment of three battalions.

The Loyal North Lancashire men were simply overwhelmed in their shallow trenches by sheer weight in numbers, whilst the Wiltshires who were caught in the open, were literally almost annihilated. The ponderous mass of enemy swept over the crest, turned the right flank of our line below, swarmed round the Hampshires and General Baldwin’s column, which had to which had to give ground and were only extricated with great difficulty and very heavy losses.

Towards this supreme struggle the absolute last two battalions from our general reserve were now hurried, but by 10am, the effort of the enemy was spent. Soon their shattered remnants began to trickle back, leaving a track of corpses behind them, and by nightfall, except prisoners or wounded, no live Turk was left upon our side of the slope.”

 

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial.

Helles Memorial

Helles Memorial

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects notes he is presumed dead on or since 9/8/1915. His next of kin is indicated as “Guardian – Elizabeth Kelly”. The Chorley Guardian of 18/9/1915 says his wife had predeceased him and that there was one child – hence the reference to a guardian. His parents resided in Brook Street though his father, John Haddon had died in 1912.

11675 PTE FRANCIS HADDON 3

Rank: Private
Service No: 11918
Date of Death: 09/08/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.
Memorial: HELLES MEMORIAL

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Adam Cree has been a History teacher since 1992. He has been cataloguing and researching the Chorley Memorial Album of Astley Hall and its compiler, Susannah Knight since 2006. As a consequence he has developed a growing interest in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Adam is keen to understand the context of the communities which these men came from. He tries to explore the family relationships, friendships and connections that make them a part of the past and the present.
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