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William James Haggart


Lieutenant William Jackson Haggart - Killed in action 31st August 1918 - Gloucestershire Regiment 4th Battalion. Aged 33. Son of William and Elizabeth, of South Shields. Husband of Ivy. Buried at Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais.

W. J Haggart Shields Daily Gazette & Shipping Telegraph Monday September 9th 1918

Shields Officer killed in action.

Mrs W.T. Haggart, Claremont Villa, Forrest Hall, has received official information of the death of her husband, Lieutenant W.J. Haggart, Gloucestershire Regiment. He was killed in action on 1st September. Lieutenant Haggart was the younger son of Mr and Mrs Wm Haggart, Westoe Road, South Shields. He was educated at South Shields High School and was for some time with the National Provincial Bank of England, Newcastle and afterwards at Bedminster. He joined the force at the outbreak of the War. He was a man of considerable histrionic ability, and took an active and keen interest in dramatic work.

In 1901 he was an 18 year old Bank apprentice at West Villa, Slokesley, North Yorkshire. He was born in South Shields, Durham.

In 1881 his father William Haggart ran a pub in King Street, South Shields. His grandfather, another William, was a Stonemason born in Ireland. King Steet has now been pedestrianised.