Hadden, Nigel Clement Charles

Captain / Royal Field Artillery

1893 - 1916

Nigel Clement Charles Hadden was born 26 February 1893, the son of Major General Sir Charles Frederick Hadden, K.C.B., and Lady Hadden, daughter of Lt Col. Clement Strong of the Coldstream Guards, of Berkhampstead.

He came to Winchester College from Elstree School in the early summer of 1906. He was in K House, Kingsgate House. He reached Sixth Book, became a House Prefect and played in Commoner XV. 

Nigel left Winchester in December 1910 for RMA Woolwich and was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery in July 1912. He went to France with the 43rd Battery in September 1914 and served there until December 1915, when he was promoted to temporary Captain and posted to the 4th Brigade, R.F.A., 3rd Indian Division. They left France for Mesopotamia at the end of 1915, arriving there in time to join the Kut-el-Amara Relief Force, positioned 500 miles north of Basra.

Captain Hadden fell in action on 9 April 1916, during the first attack on the Sann-ai-yat position before Kut: he was struck by a shell while crossing a piece of open ground between his battery and the front line trenches.

Hadden is also commemorated on the Northchurch war memorial in Hertfordshire.

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