Habershon, Kenneth Rees

Second son of Dr Samuel Herbert Habershon of Harley Street, London, and elder brother of Captain Leonard Osborne Habershon (F, 1907-1912), East Yorkshire Regiment, who fell on November 18th 1916 (see individual entry). Both brothers entered Mr. Blore’s House from Mr. H Bull’s school at Farnborough. In his last year he was Head of his House, in Senior Division of Sixth Book and captain of O.T.H. VI; was also in Association XI and twelfth man for Lords in 1908.

After three years at New College he went to Canada and was in business at Winnipeg when war broke out. He immediately returned and, refusing to wait for a commission, enlisted. After a few months in the ranks he was gazetted to the 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade and went to France in July 1915. He fell near Ypres on February 12th 1916. He had insisted on going out under heavy fire to relieve a comrade and was struck by a shell while on the way.

His name stood on a Wykehamist name-board, which afterwards came into the possession of the School, although it was subsequently lost. The story of the name-board is told in the following letter to The Wykehamist (549, February 1916):

“BEF, France December 23rd 1915 Dear Mr. Editor,– It may interest some of your readers to hear that there is a farmhouse, more or less ruined, about half a mile behind the British line near Estaires, which is called Winchester House, and that a board is kept there on which Old Wykehamist visitors can inscribe their names, and the dates during which they were at Winchester. The following is the list of names and dates carved on this board with varying skill:– V.A. Ormsby 78-83 E.W. Tennant 11-14 E.G.T. Dalton 98-01 F.G. Bonham-Carter 91-96 V.T. Hill 84-89 R.S. Lambert 08-12 L.C.B. Russell 08-12 H.H. Burn 09-13 A.G. Brace 99-03 C.H. Seymour 00-05 C. Aylmer 00-03 L.J.P. Butler 89-93 P. Solomon [08-11] A.R. Pym 05-09 K.R. Habershon [03-08] D.C. Parsons 03-08 F.G.R.B. Stephens [99-05] I am, yours, etc., L.J.P. Butler”

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Habershon
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth Rees
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1903-1908
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 8th August 1889
  • Date of Death: 12th February 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: NA