HARAGAN William Alfred

Category: Military
Rank: Bombardier
Regiment or Ship: Royal Field Artillery - Camberwell Brigade
Service Number(s): L/22707
Occupation: Baker
Date of Birth: 1889
Place of Birth: Deptford, London
Date of Death: 05.10.1953
Place of Death: The Royal Isle of Wight County Hospital, Ryde, Isle of WightAddress: 28 Salisbury Road, Bexhill on Sea

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Family Information

Parents:          James John Haragan, born 1864) and Charlotte Haragan, nee Perren, born 1866

Siblings:         James (1887-1939); Charlotte, b1892; Alfred, b1894; Walter (1901-1951); Helen, b1904; Ada, b1907; and Florence, b1910.

William does not appear to have married and when he died in 1953 he left an estate of £370-13s-4d. At the time of his death he was living at Rostrevor, 96 Sandown-road Lake, Sandown, Isle of Wight.

First World War Experience

William enlisted on 21st April 1915 and served in France.  At the time of enlistment he was 25½ years of age, was just over 5’ 7” tall, weighed 124lbs, with a chest of 35½, expansion 2½”.  He was of good physical development and had 6/9 vision in both eyes. He also had a mole on the left side of his abdomen.  He started service as a Gunner and was made a Bombardier on 1th July 1917.

In August and September 1915 he had two periods where he was “AWOL” and was confined to barracks for 5 and 10 days and had to forfeit 3 and 5 days pay respectively.

William was demobbed on 31st March 1920 and was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal, and the 15 Star.

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