Today we remember …
|Battle of Passchendaele / 3rd Battle of Ypres
4th November 1917
Frederick Haden, H Social 1913. 2nd Lt, 11th Trench Mortar Battery. Killed in action, Passchendaele
Last year he passed the entrance examination at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the “Little Go,” but had not gone into residence. He went to the front on June 8, and after a short time with his battalion was attached to the T.M. Battery. His Captain expresses “the deepest sympathy and sorrow felt by the officers N.C.O.’s, and men of the battery, with whom he was a great favourite, and also the share in your loss, in that we have lost a most capable and efficient officer.”
The C.F. writes: “I had known him since his earliest days in this division, and known him for a quiet, charming boy a faithful Churchman, and quite fearless. Humanly speaking, we can ill-afford boys like that; they carry in them the promise of a tremendous manhood.”
George Wilson, MC, F Social 1903. Major, 282nd Bde, Royal Field Artillery. Died of gas poisoning, Passchendaele
After school, he joined the London Stock Exchange. He married in 1912. He joined up as a Territorial in August 1914, eventually going out to the Western Front in October 1915. He was mentioned in despatches and promoted to the rank of acting Major.
He was one of four brothers. His eldest brother (who also won the Military Cross) was killed in action in May 1916; his youngest brother died of wounds in November 1916. His only surviving brother was serving at the Front with the Royal Field Artillery when George died of gas poisoning.