Walter Henry HAUGHTON

HAUGHTON, Walter Henry

Service Number: 4650
Enlisted: 2 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia, 1885
Home Town: Darlinghurst, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Fort Street School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Hotelkeeper
Died: Killed in Action, Velu, France, 18 April 1917
Cemetery: Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot II, Row H, Grave No. 18
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4650, 4th Infantry Battalion
3 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, 4650, 4th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '8' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Wandilla embarkation_ship_number: A62 public_note: ''
3 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, 4650, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wandilla, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Walter Henry Haughton lost his life at the age of 30 when a delayed action mine left by the Germans, exploded at the Quartermaster’s store in Velu, near Bapaume, three days after the Battle of Lagnicourt. Nine men of the 4th Battalion in total were killed in the explosion of what today is known as an Improvised Explosive Device, including the Quartermaster Lieutenant and the Company Quarter Master Sergeant. Most were buried in the small cemetery near the Velu Railway Station, where the incident occured.