Habershon, Sidney Heathcote


Second son of Edward Neston Williams Habershon (G, 1872-1874), of Holmwood, Dorking, and elder brother of Second Lieutenant Philip Henry Habershon (A, 1907-1911), King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who fell in September 1915 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from G.K. Olivier’s school near his home and rose to be Head of his House and a Commoner Prefect. He also played in O.T.H. VI, Lords and 2nd XI (Association), and in his last year won Steeplechase. He went to Clare College, Cambridge in 1908, taking his degree with Honours in the Historical Tripos, and in 1912 was appointed Assistant Master at the Uppingham Preparatory School.

He was there when war broke out, but owing to ill-health had to content himself with service in the Uppingham O.T.C. and, having moved to St Andrew’s School, Eastbourne, the Eastbourne contingent of the O.T.C.  By July 1917 he had recovered sufficiently to obtain a transfer to the Suffolk Regiment and in November of that year he went to France with the 9th Battalion, being slightly wounded at the Battle of Cambrai. On the disbandment of the 9th Suffolks in February 1918 he transferred to 12th Suffolks, who found themselves in a difficult position in March 1918 at the the commencement of the Great German Offensive. No trenches had been dug and on 22nd March 1918 the Germans surrounded the Battalion. The Suffolks were forced to retreat and dig in on the Ervillers-Mory road. For the next three days they endured heavy fighting at the end of which they had suffered 367 casualties with almost every officer either killed, wounded or misssing.

On 9th April they were involved in the major defensive action of Fleurbaix, where they held on for over 12 hours before being forced to withdraw. It was during this action that Habershon fell on April 10th 1918, although the CWGC states nothing more precise than between 8th and 13th April.

2nd Lieutenant Habershon married Miss Katherine Raven in August 1915 and left one son, John Lindsay Habershon (A 1930-1935) who was killed in a climbing accident in March 1937 on Aran Mawddwy in North Wales.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Habershon
  • Forenames or initials: Sidney Heathcote
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1903-1908
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Suffolk Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 26th July 1889
  • Date of Death: 10th April 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL: Panel 3