Habershon, Leonard Osborne

Younger son of Dr. Samuel Herbert Habershon, of Harley Street, and brother of Captain Kenneth Rees Habershon (F, 1903-1908), Rifle Brigade, who fell in February 1916 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Mr. H. Bull’s school at Farnborough, was a House Prefect and showed considerable promise as a musician, a composition of his for the violin being played at a recital while he was still in the School.

On the outbreak of the war he joined the 12th (Hull Sportsmans’) Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, one of the “Pals” Battalions formed as part of Kitchener’s New Army of volunteers. After training on Salisbury Plain for a month, the Battalion sailed for Egypt on 16th December 1915 and on arrival at Port Said were sent to defend the Suez Canal from possible Turkish attack. However on 29th February they were posted to France, where they arrived on 9th March. The Hull Pals were selected to give cover to the 3rd Division on its left flank during its attack on Serre on 13th November 1916. The war diary records that all objectives were captured in under twenty minutes with just four casualties. However as the day wore on, amid continuing sniper attacks and bombing raids heavy losses were sustained and by the end of the day, of the sixteen officers who had gone into the attack, only two remained unscathed. Habershon was one of those killed that day. He fell between Serre and Hebuterne on November 13th 1916, while serving in the 12th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Habershon
  • Forenames or initials: Leonard Osborne
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1907-1912
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: East Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 18th June 1893
  • Date of Death: 13th November 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL: Pier 2C