I have researched two family ancestors, and five marriage related members, who gave their lives in either the First World War or the Second World War, with an almost certain two more, but which still need to be 100% proven, and possibly two civilians. I continue to research these gentlemen, and will update the pages about them as information is uncovered.This page is still under construction as I compile my research data into web-pages.
|Walter George Hague||Royal Garrison Artillery, 308th Siege Battery||16th November 1918||Location Unknown|
|Harry Keller||1st Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment||9th May 1915||Battle of Aubers Ridge, near Neuve Chappelle, France|
|Herbert Keller||1st/4th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment||19th April 1917||Palestine (Gaza)|
The marriage link is that one Ellen Haddon married my great-uncle John Coaten Hague in Kettering in 1914.
|William Partridge Haddon||Northamptonshire Regiment|
|Henry William Haddon||Northamptonshire Regiment|
At least two members of a family named Haddon, William Alfred and (lost) died as a result of enemy action on 13th November, 1940 at 1 Margaret House, Mulready Street, St. Marylebone, London. The City of Westminster Archives Centre holds a record of the event in reference stmarylebonecdu/2. The site West End At War shows the location of a bomb falling on 13th November 1940 near St Margaret's Mission Hall, which MAY be the same incident, though it does not show Mulready Street and Westminster is not Marylebone. The name of the mission and the date of the incident may be simply coincidental - I rather think it is. A number of other Haddons in the RGA also died in the first World War, and might be relatives, since many Kettering, Wellingborough and Irthlingborough Hague, Keller and Haddon family members joined the RGA.
There seem to have been a large population of Haddon's in this area of Northamptonshire. They may well be related, but I think they have been there many years, and are probably distantly related.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission records for other Hague's and Haddon's from the Kettering, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough and Green's Norton areas of Northamptonshire:
|John Haddon||Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 14th March, 1915.|
|George Walter Haddon||Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 23rd July, 1916|
|Joseph Manning Haddon||Died 26th March, 1918, the same day as William below. The relationship, if any, between these men is not known, but both were in the Northamptonshire Regiment.|
|William Haddon||Died 26th March, 1918, the same day as Joseph above. The relationship, if any, between these men is not known, but both were in the Northamptonshire Regiment.|
|A R V E Haddon||Labour Corps 686th (H.S.) Employment Coy. Died 15th July, 1918.|
|Albert Leslie Haddon||Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 10th June, 1940. Possibly during the retreat to Calais, as he is buried in the St Paer Communal Cemetery in France, one of two British soldiers.|
|William Alfred Haddon||A civilian who died during an air raid on London on the night of 13th November, 1940 aged 54.|
|Frank Hague||Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 1st August, 1943, in the skirmishes that preceeded the Battle of Monte Cassino, and is buried in the Cassino Cemetery.|
With respect to two Keller's dying on the 26th March, 1918, and both from the Northamptonshire Regiment, I have tried to research what battles took place on that day. A comprehensive article can be found here: Operation Michael, part of the so-called "German Spring Offensive", with the "Battle of Rosières" taking place on the Somme Battlefield on that date. I have not been able to ascertain whether the Northamptonshire Regiment made up part of the British Forces in that action, but I shall keep researching.
The name Keller is of German origin, and although I presume the English family members originated from there, I do not know when they came to England. The earliest I have traced my Keller line back is in Wellingborough, Northamtonshire, to one William Keller born 1804. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission record a large number of Kellers from the First and Second World Wars, all members of the German Army or Navy, and who may well be very distant relatives. Most are in the Cannock Chase German Military cemetery, but a couple seem to be in British War Cemetery's. The records in the CWGC are:
|Ludwig Keller||He was German Army and died 22nd May 1917 and is buried in the Cannock Chase Military Cemetery.|
|Johann Keller||Died 6th June, 1917 and buried in the same Cannock Chase Cemetery.|
|Englebert Keller||He is buried in Cannock Chase German Military Cemetery, from the First World War, and who died 11th November, 1917. Perhaps he had been captured in France? The CWGC record cites him as a "German Civilian".|
|Richard Keller||He was German Army and died 7th March 1919 and is buried in the Cannock Chase Military Cemetery.|
|Werner Keller||He was German Navy and died 12th February 1940 and is buried in the Cannock Chase Military Cemetery.|
|Willi Keller||A member of the occupying forces in Jersey and who died there 19th November, 1940 a few months after the occupation.|
|Hermann Keller||Died 17th August, 1944.|
|Heinz Keller||A member of the German Army and buried in the same Cannock Chase Cemetery, died 8th April, 1945.|
|Lothar Keller||He was German Army and died 30th July 1946 and is also buried in the Cannock Chase Military Cemetery.|
The commission also record a Polish Keller:
|J. Keller||Died 15th January, 1947 a couple of years after the end of the Second World War.|
I have very little hope of establishing just how many of these Hagues, Kellers and Haddons are actually related to me.