Victor Bradshaw Haskins (1891 - 1915)
Died on the battlefields of Ypres serving his country.
Victor was born on 21st October 1891 in Clapham. He was 9 years old and living at 51 Bromfelde Road, Clapham with two older siblings, his parents, a 66 year old aunt and a general servant by the time of the 1901 census. (Where was 6 year old William George Haskins who would die two years later from a brain tumour in Great Ormand Street Hospital ?)
Ten years later, in 1911, he was now a 19 year old ironmongers assistant. He was still living with his parents and a brother, Frederick Cyril Haskins (what happened to him in WW1 ?) and two domestic servants at the 14 roomed Kenmore, Thrale Road, Streatham Park.
There is a notice in The London Gazette on 7th April 1915 of his appointment as Second Lieutenant, on probation, in the 3rd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Although his service records are presumed destroyed, we know from his medal card that he entered France on 5th September 1915 and that 10 weeks later he was dead.
The above record from the Roll of War Service, Officers Training Corps, University of London, says he was killed in action on the Ypres battlefield. I have not been able to pinpoint any particular battle around that day.
CWGC MEMORIAL :
HASKINS, V B
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service No: (blank)
Date of Death: 20/11/1915
Regiment/Service: The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Panel Reference I.L.13
Memorial YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY
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