Walter Taylor Habgood

Date of birth: 1882
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders
Battalion: 7th
Rank / Service No: Sergeant, S/3204
Died: 27th September 1915, aged 33 years
Buried: Lillers Communal Cemetery, France (Plot IV, Row B, Grave 16)


Walter was the youngest of 3 boys born to Walter James and Mary Habgood (nee Taylor), who married in Old Alresford on 3 May 1875.


Walter, a butcher by trade, was born in Wilton, Wilts in 1849 and he died in Salisbury in 1903.

Mary was born in Kimpton, near Andover, in 1852 and she passed away in Salisbury in 1888.



William Alfred   b. 1877 Southampton   d. 1911 Frome   Married Harriett Ashford in Frome in 1901.

John Percy   b. 16 September 1880 Southampton   d. 1937 Portsmouth   Married Beatrice Rosa Coombs in Salisbury in 1911.

Walter Taylor


Walter was living in Boldre at the 1901 Census and was a Valet at Boughton House in Kettering at the 1911 Census.

He was probably living at 7 Chasewater Avenue, Copnor, Portsmouth when he went off to war.

He was much-travelled, because he must have enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders in Galashiels.


As part of the 26th Brigade in the 9th (Scottish) Division, Walter disembarked at Boulogne in mid May 1915.

The battalion’s first action was the Battle of Loos and it would have been on the first day (25th September) that Walter sustained injuries.


He was sent to No.6 Casualty Clearing Station in Lillers, but unfortunately died two days later.


The cemetery contains 894 commonwealth WW1 burials, and he was one of 6 Seaforth’s who died at the same time.


His headstone was paid for by his brother John, and it reads: “Gone but not forgotten, one of the best.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 1st September 2016


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