Biography of Lance Corporal John Joseph Haddon (25353)
35th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Formerly 38727 Notts and Derby
Died 25th March 1918


  • Name: John Joseph Haddon
    Date of birth: 1896
    Place of Birth: Witham on the Hill, Lincolnshire, England
    Date of Birth Registration: October – December 1896
    Place of Birth Registration: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  • Name: James Haddon
  • DOB: 1865
  • Place of Birth: Baston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Occupation: General labourer


  • Name: Sarah Ann Hare
  • DOB: 1868
  • Place Of Birth: Haconby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Marriage: 29th October 1888 Morton, Lincolnshire, England
Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • Jane Haddon, 1889, Manthorpe
  • James William Haddon, 1891, Manthorpe
  • Mary Elizabeth Haddon, 1894, Manthorpe
  • John Joseph Haddon, 1896, Witham on the Hill
  • Winifred Sarah haddon, 1903, Toft
  • George Pope Haddon, 1906, Toft
  • Florence Mabel Haddon, 1908, Toft

  • 1901: John is living with his parents in Toft, Lincolnshire.
  • 1911: John is living with his parents at Toft, Lincolnshire. The census gives him an age of 14 and he is listed as a farm labourer.
Relatives in services

  • John’s brother James also fought in WW1 in the Lancashire Fusiliers but came home.

  • No marriage for John has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.
Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 6th April 1918
  • DEATH OF A TOFT SOLDIER – Mr and Mrs Jas. Haddon of Toft, received notification on Saturday last that their son, Lance-Corpl. Jack Haddon had died in hospital in France. Earlier in the week an intimation came that he was seriously ill, but there was nothing to indicate that a fatal result was anticipated. The news was a great shock not only to his parents, but also to the large circle of friends. Deceased was formerly employed int the gardens at Withal Hall and on joining the forces, became attached to the Machine Gun Corps. A Khaki wedding (deceased’s sister being the bride) arranged to be held on Easter Monday, was carried through, as the bridegroom was home on leave from Italy, but a gloom was naturally cast over the whole proceedings. In consequence of the death of Lance-Corpl. Haddon, a whist drive and dance arranged to be held at Witham on the Hill on Easter Monday was postponed.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found
Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private John Joseph Haddon, 25353, Infantry Bn Machine Gun Corps was killed in action on 25th March 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

  • Available


  • Father James

  • The British Medal
    The Victory Medal


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In memory of Lance Corporal John Joseph Haddon, 25353, 35th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) who died on 25 March 1918 Age 22
  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Haddon, of Toft, Bourne, Lincs.
    Remembered with honour, Mendinghem Military Cemetery

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

Military Service Timeline

  • Enlisted in Bourne


  • This is ongoing research and will be posted when completed

  • WW1 Soldier’s Records (
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • British Newspaper Archive.

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