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404848   Private George Hadden
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 24/04/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 30/12/1886
Died: 27/06/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 30
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George Hadden was the son of John and Ellen Hadden. He was born on 30th December 1886. They were a farming family from Farriter, Cabragh, Dungannon. He joined the R.I.C. in 1907. George emigrated to Canada in 1912, where he served with the Toronto Police Force for nearly three years. He resigned from the police in April 1915 and was then employed by the Toronto Harbour Commission as a surveyor. He enlisted with the 35th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry on 10th June 1915 at Niagara. He later transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. Lance Corporal George Hadden was wounded in the left leg and left arm on 22nd June 1916. He died of his wounds a few days later on 27th June 1916.
Private George Hadden
Further Information
George Hadden was the son of John and Ellen Hadden. George Hadden and Ellen Beattie were married on 27th August 1878 in tnhe district of Dungannon.
George was born on 30th December 1886. He was one of ten children, eight surviving. All the children were born in the Clonavaddy area.
Known family: John Hadden, Ellen Hadden, Margaret Hadden (born 29th May 1879, died 16th June 1879), John Hadden (born 10th May 1880), Robert Hadden (born 22nd July 1882), Margaret Hadden (born 27th October 1884), George Hadden (born 30th December 1886), Joseph Hadden (born 25th October 1888), Alexander Hadden (born 12th August 1890), Ellen Hadden (born 3rd April 1892), Martha Hadden (born 15th March 1894, died 29th August 1894), Mary Hadden (born 9th October 1897).
The 1901 census records George as 15 years old. He was living with family at Farriter, Clonaneese, County Tyrone. His father was a farmer.
George’s father, John Hadden, died on 31st October 1905 in the Dungannon area. He was 66 years old.
George joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1907, and was in service in Belfast and other centres.
The 1911 census does not list George living with the family at house 12 in Farriter, Clonaneese, County Tyrone.
George Hadden emigrated to Canada in 1912.
At some point George had served with the Queens Own Rifles.
George Hadden was with the Toronto Police Force for nearly three years, from September 1912 to April 1915.
He was an active member of Dale Presbyterian Church. George lived at 282 Borden Street, Toronto.
He resigned from the police in April 1915 and was then employed by the Toronto Harbour Commission as a surveyor.
George Hadden enlisted with the 35th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry on 10th June 1915 at Niagara. He gives his next of kin as his mother. He was not married.
George Hadden Attestation Paper - page 1
George Hadden Attestation Paper - page 2
He later transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps after going overseas in October 1915.
Lance Corporal George Hadden was wounded in the left leg and left arm on 22nd June 1916. Albert E Lanning, of Toronto, was with him when he was wounded and who at great risk to himself, carried him back to Canadian lines under heavy shell fire.
Lance Corporal George Hadden died of his wounds a few days later on 27th June 1916.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private Hadden died of wounds on 27th June 1916. While taking part in operations near Ypres, Private Hadden received numerous shrapnel wounds in the arms and legs. His wounds were dressed at No 1 Canadian Field Ambulance. He was then evacuated, but succumbed before reaching No 3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
From the Toronto Star, unknown date: Lance Corporal Hadden Died of Wounds
Lance Corporal George Hadden has died of wounds. He enlisted with the 25th Battalion in June 1916 and was later transferred to a machine gun company in one of the brigades after going overseas in October last year. He was wounded on 29th June in the left leg and left arm and died a few days afterwards. His friends are deeply grateful to Albert E Lanning of Toronto, who was with him when he was wounded and who at great risk to himself, brought into the dugout under heavy shell fire. Corporal Hadden was born in Ireland, in County Tyrone, 29 years ago. He came to Canada in 1912. He was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1907 to 1912, and of Toronto Police Force from September 1912 to April 1915. He resigned then and took a position surveying with the Toronto Harbour Commission.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 13 July 1916:
The relatives of Trooper George Hadden, Canadians, who reside at Farriter, have received intimation that he has been killed. He was an ex-member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) and had been serving with the Canadian Police Force when he volunteered.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 15th July 1916: Trooper George Hadden
Newspaper report
On Friday evening his relatives, who reside at Farriter, Cabragh, Dungannon, received intimation that Trooper George Hadden, of the Queens Own Canadian Mounted Force, had been killed in action. He had been an ex-member of the royal Irish constabulary, having been in service in Belfast and other centres, and emigrating to Canada joined the Canadian Police force, from which he volunteered on the outbreak of the war.
From the Toronto Globe & Mail dated 21th August 1916: Toronto Honour Roll
GLOBE AND MAIL online archive. 1916, August 21. p 9 TORONTO HONOUR ROLL feature. Top entry:
Lance Corporal George Hadden, who was wounded on 22 June, died a few days later. Lance Corporal Hadden was on the Toronto Police Force for nearly three years until 1915 when he was employed by the Toronto Harbour Commission. He enlisted with the 35th battalion in June 1915, but was later transferred to a machine gun company after going overseas in October. He attended Dale Presbyterian Church and lived at 282 Borden Street, Toronto.
The Last Will and Testament of George Hadden.
Lance Corporal George Hadden is buried in at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Lance Corporal George Hadden is commemorated locally on Dungannon War Memorial.
George Hadden is also commemorated on the family plot headstone.
The CWGC records Lance Corporal George Hadden as the son of John and Ellen Hadden of Farriter, Cabragh, County Tyrone.
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Farriter, Cabragh Ballygawley Census listing in Farriter, Clananeese 54.470187 -6.918998
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
27/08/1878 M Beatty Ellen Parent M/1878/T1/1440/2/65
27/08/1878 M Hadden John Parent M/1878/T1/1440/2/65
17/03/1879 D Hadden John Sibling D/1879/109/1012/6/65 died age 0
29/05/1879 B Hadden Margaret Sibling U/1879/109/1012/8/368
16/06/1879 D Hadden Margaret Sibling D/1879/109/1012/6/113 died age 0
10/05/1880 B Hadden John Sibling U/1880/109/1012/9/59
22/07/1882 B Hadden Robert Sibling U/1882/109/1012/9/407
27/10/1884 B Hadden Margaret Sibling U/1884/109/1012/10/218
30/12/1886 B Hadden George Casualty U/1887/109/1012/11/11
25/10/1888 B Hadden Joseph Sibling U/1888/109/1012/11/270
12/08/1890 B Hadden Alexander Sibling U/1890/109/1012/12/10 Morrow?
03/04/1892 B Hadden Ellen Sibling U/1892/109/1012/12/210
15/03/1894 B Hadden Martha Sibling U/1894/109/1012/12/415
29/08/1894 D Hadden Martha Sibling D/1894/109/1012/10/75 died age 0
09/10/1897 B Hadden Mary Sibling U/1897/109/1012/13/311
31/10/1905 D Hadden John Parent D/1905/109/1012/12/311 died age 66
13/07/1913 D Hadden Ellen Sibling D/1913/109/1012/14/77 died age 21
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Hadden family Lists George as age 15 at house 3 in Farriter, Clonaneese, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Hadden family Does not list George at house 12 in Farriter, Clonaneese, Tyrone
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private George Hadden
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Newspaper cutting relating to George Hadden
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private George Hadden's death
6 George Hadden Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (44 no.)
7 Great War Ulster Newspapers Archive (defunct) Images of both George Hadden and the family plot
8 Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Information on Private George Hadden including grave photo
9 Presbyterian ROH Clonaneese George Hadden, killed in action
10 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private George Hadden's headstone can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2021