Haigh, Charles Roderick

Lieutenant / Royal West Surrey Regiment

1888 - 1914

Charles Roderick Haigh was born 3 September 1888, the son of Arthur Elam Haigh, Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Louisa Haigh, daughter of Jeremiah Pilcher of Godalming. His brother Arthur Duncan Haigh followed him to Winchester in 1907.

Charles camed to Winchester from the Oxford Preparatory School as an Exhibitioner in September 1902. He was in I House, Turners, and progressed to the Senior Division of Sixth Book. He was also Commoner Prefect, shot for two years in Wimbledon VIII and rowed in School IV.

In the autumn of 1907, Charles went up to his father's old College, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and took his degree in 1911. He then joined the army in February 1911 with a commission in the 2nd Battalion Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was appointed Adjutant in January 1914.

The Royal West Surreys proceeded to France on the outbreak of war but by the end of October the German advance through Belgium was putting immense pressure on the British around Ypres. Lieutenant Haigh fell on 7 November 1914 during an attack on the German position at Klein Zillebeke. His place of burial is unknown but Haigh is commemorated on panel 11, 13 and 14 of the Menin Gate in Ypres.

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