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Surname: HAGGAS

Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire

Service No: 7918

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Scots Guards

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 1st Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1914-11-11

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 11.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Walter Haggas was the son of Charles and Anne Agnes Haggas, née Williams and the brother of Sapper William Gordon Haggas (213580) (q.v.). Their father was born at Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire and mother at Carreghofa, Montgomeryshire, Wales.

1901 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 23, High Street - Walter Haggas, aged 8 years, born Sutton, son of Charles and Annie Haggas.

1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 23, Daisy Croft, High Street - Walter Haggas, aged 18 years, born Sutton-in-Craven, son of Charles and Annie Haggas.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Walter Haggas, 7918, Scots Guards. Disembarkation date: 13 August 1914. Correspondence: Brother - Mr R. Haggas, New Hartford, Oneida County, New York State, U.S.A.

Walter is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Scots Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Scots Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

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Surname: HAGGAS

Forename(s): Walter

Born: Sutton, Yorks

Residence: Sutton

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 7918

Rank: Gdsn

Regiment: Scots Guards



Died Date: 11/11/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: HAGGAS

Forename(s): Walter

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 7918

Rank: Private

Regiment: Scots Guards

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 21


Died Date: 11/11/1914

Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haggas, of Clark's Mills, Oneida Co., New York, U.S.A. His brother, William G. Haggas also fell.


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22 January 1915


Mr. Lawrence Preston has received intimation from the officer commanding the 1st Battalion Scots Guards that Pte. Walter Haggas, of Sutton-in-Craven, has been reported missing from November 11th, 1914.

06 October 1916


A service in memory of the late Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, son of Sir John and Lady Horsfall, Hayfield, Glusburn, who was killed in France on the 18th September, was held on Sunday morning in the Sutton Baptist Church. The large chapel was crowded, and amongst those present were Mrs. Cedric Horsfall, the Mayor of Keighley (Mr. W. A. Brigg), with his mace bearer; Sir John and Lady Horsfall, Miss Horsfall, Miss Dora Horsfall, Miss C. Horsfall, Mrs. Norman Walker, Captain and Mrs. J. Donald Horsfall, Mrs. Curry, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Petty, Mr. Tom Spencer (Lyndhurst), Mr. Peter Smith, M.P., Mr. W. E. Foster (Keighley), Major C. P Case, Captain Ray Marriner, Mr. John Clough, Mr. F. J. Wilson, Mr. James Woodrow, and Mr. Edgar Naylor.

At the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. Joseph Petty) played ‘O rest in the Lord’, and at the conclusion of the service the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played, the congregation standing whilst it was being played. The choir, conducted by Mr. Joseph Overend, sang the anthem ‘There is a Land’. The service was opened by the singing of ‘O God our help in ages past’.

The preacher was the pastor (Rev. F. W. Pollard) who said it was nearly a year since the memorial service for Private Joseph Bancroft was held. He was killed in the trenches on October 23rd last year. Fred Simpson and Walter Haggas had been reported missing and no further news had yet been received concerning their fate. Percy Stell and Stanley Archibald, who went through the Gallipoli campaign, were also reported missing. Tom Summersgill, a boy who used to attend the Junior Endeavour Society and the Band of Hope, was killed in July, and now the awful shadow of death again rests upon them, and again they were realising how terrible were the sacrifices the war. The glamour of war was now gone. The fateful week that brought the news of the death of Captain Horsfall would long be remembered for its records of the loss our country sustained of men of special prominence, highly gifted, and with the promise of useful and glorious careers. Raymond Asquith, Captain Henderson and the son of the Rt. Hon. Pike Pease were killed during that week, and the tragedy of those losses was emphasised when news came of the death of Captain Cedric Horsfall. He was indeed worthy to take his place with the best of those who had fallen, by virtue of his noble character and attainments, and by the rich promise of his life. There was in his character much which marked him out for future service in the neighbourhood, in the county and in the country. His education was crowned by his winning highest honours at Cambridge University. He was a true gentleman, the very perfection of kindly consideration for others. They also mourned the death of two others, Lance-Corporal Lewis Binns and Private Albert Binns, both of Glusburn. The first was killed in action on the 11th September. Albert Binns had died during the week as a result of wounds received in action. These men had fallen in defence of their country and its noble ideals, in defence of the cause of freedom and justice, honour and truth. The quarrel thrust upon them was not of their seeking. Their friend, Captain Horsfall, volunteered his services in the very early days of the war. There were many reasons why he might have declined the call home for business considerations; but a noble spirit of chivalry determined him to make the greater choice, and the appeal that came to him in the hour of his country’s need met with a noble one. They must see to it that these great sacrifices were not made in vain.

On the Hayfield family vault in the Sutton Baptist burial ground was a beautiful laurel wreath, and also a splendid array of arum lilies.

13 October 1916


Writing in the Parish Magazine on the war, the Vicar of Sutton (Rev. A.R. Light) gives a list of men from the Parish of Sutton, who have fallen in defence of their country as follows:–Arnold Healey, Walter Haggas, Lyall Taylor, Edmund Wilkinson, Norman Riley, Nelson W. Petty, Richard Whitehall, Albert Wm. Tune, Frederick W. Thompson, Henry Taylor, Joseph G. Bancroft, Cedric Fawcett Horsfall.
Mr. Light also says: “I have not in the Magazine mentioned by name those from this place who have given their lives for their country, not because I have forgotten such promising young men as Henry Taylor, and others whose names hang in the Church porch, and, indeed, as I write this, I fear lest it may even be dimly thought that one may seem to be valued more than another. All who are fighting are equally dear to God, and it is also true to say that both rich and poor are giving their best, offering on an altar watered with tears those whose lives are so much to them. All those boys who formed our first patrol of Scouts have almost gone to the front, and only last week we heard of Reginald Ellison being wounded, but we hope his life will yet be spared.

To every mother whose heart aches with anxiety or for actual loss, I offer most true sympathy, whether such are connected with us in the worship of Sutton Church or not, and one cannot help feeling in such times as these that religious differences are not, and cannot be again, as great and as dividing as they have seemed in the past, and that all are one family of God. May each one of these, who will never enter into our lives here again, rest in peace.”

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10 November 1916


On Sunday morning a memorial service to those who had fallen during the war from Sutton parish was held in St. Thomas’s Church, conducted by Rev. A.R. Light (vicar). About 60 members of the local Volunteer Corps were present, having met in the Friendly Societies’ Hall yard, under the leadership of Commander Clough. Special lessons were read and special psalms were sung. ‘O rest in the Lord’ was given on the organ by Mr. A.E. Foulds. The Vicar asked the congregation to offer prayers for the souls of those who had fallen. The following names were read out:– Privates Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Walter Haggas, J.G. Bancroft, Evelyn Fisher, Tom Summerskill, Norman Riley, Henry Taylor, Lyall Taylor, R. Whitehall, E. Wilkinson, A.W. Tune, Lieut. Nelson Petty, and Capt. C.F. Horsfall.

The text from which the very sympathetic discourse was preached was 2nd Samuel, 1., 26, David’s lamentation over the death of his friend Jonathan. At the close of the very impressive service Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’ was given on the organ. At the close of the evening service, which was again conducted by the Vicar, the ‘Dead March’ in ‘Saul’ was played, and the National Anthem sung.

03 August 1917


DEDICATION OF ROLL OF HONOUR – A special service, reverent and very beautiful throughout, the dedication of the roll of honour, was conducted in St. Thomas’s Church on Sunday evening last by the vicar, Rev. A. R. Light. The roll of honour is a triptych, the top panel, a beautiful inlet picture representing ‘The Great Sacrifice.’ It contains the names of the fallen heroes, viz., Arnold Healey, F.W. Thompson, Norman Riley, Lyall Taylor, J.G. Bancroft, E. Wilkinson, Nelson Petty, W. Haggas, G. Sanderson, R. Whitehall, W. Hargreaves, T. Summerskill, A.W. Tune, C.F. Horsfall, Lewis Binns,Albert Binns, E. Fisher, and W. Blake Spencer. The left panel represents ‘The White Comrade,’ and the right ‘The watch on many waters,’ in very artistic colours. The large centre space contains the names of all who were residents in the Sutton parish and are still serving their King and country. The sermon was from the text, “Through God we shall do valiantly.” The large congregation left the church to the strains of the French National Anthem.

18 January 1918



It was with deep regret that the residents learned on Sunday morning last that Sapper Willie Gordon Haggas, of the Royal Engineers, had died in hospital at Newark, following a serious attack of internal haemorrhage, the result of a wrench when lifting a heavy weight in France. Sapper Haggas is the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles [Haggas] Clark, Mills [Clark Mills] Oneda County, U.S.A. (formerly of Sutton), who went out to the United States five or six years ago. He came over to this country about a year ago on a visit and joined the Royal Engineers. His brother, Private Walter Haggas, at the outbreak of war was a reservist, and was in the police force at Bootle. He was called up and went out with the British Expeditionary Force, and has been missing since November, 1914. He was a young man of fine physique and a fearless soldier. Two other brothers, John Leonard Haggas and Raymond Haggas (the youngest son), have recently joined the United States Army. They were all connected with the Sutton Baptist Sunday-school.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon last at the Sutton Baptist burial ground, Rev. F. Ward Pollard conducting the last rites. The body of the deceased arrived at Crosshills in the morning and was conveyed to the residence of Mr. Fred Davy (uncle), with whom deceased served his apprenticeship as a plasterer. The relatives are very grateful for the manner in which the authorities at Newark Hospital have carried out the arrangements, and for the kindly treatment shown to the deceased. He was in his 29th year. The coffin was taken to the station from Newark Hospital on a gun carriage with full military honours. The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haggas (uncle and aunt), Miss A. Cooper (Steeton), Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davy (uncle and aunt), Mr. J. Williams (uncle), Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, Mr. C. Hanson. Others in attendance were be local Volunteers, with their officer, 2nd Lieut. A. Clough, Gunner J. W. Horsfall, R.F.A. (Doncaster), Gunner L. Davy, R.F.A. (home on leave from Glasgow Hospital), and who were his fellow schoolmates. Pte. Harry Happs (Ambulance Corps). The bearers were Messrs. S. Haggas, L. Preston, R. Williams, Fred Feather, J. Binns, Corpl. W. Eals, Lance-Corpl. J. Clough, Privates J. H. Hardacre, B. Pullen, J. Craven, W. Barsby, E Walworth, and W. Smith. Floral tributes were sent by ‘Alice,’ ‘Aunt Polly and Uncle Fred and family.’ ‘Gladys and Doris,’ N.C.O.’s and man No. 7 Depot Company R.E., Newark, and officer commanding and officers No 7 Depot Company R.E., Newark.

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