Lest We Forget

1939 - 1945

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Not listed on the memorial

Hadden, John

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots
Service Number
about 1910
David and Margaret Ann Hadden
Date of death
15 December 1941 (Aged 31)
I. K. 11. Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong.
Other Memorials
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Husband of Mary Ann Hadden, of North Queensferry

The 2nd Battalion was a regular army unit, based in Hong Kong before the war.

This (and his seven digit service number) may indicate that John was a regular soldier, but this is unclear.

Hong Kong was attacked by the Japanese on the same day as the attack on Pearl Harbour. The Commonwealth forces were outnumbered by four to one.

On 12 December the battalion was withdrawn to Kowloon.

The day of his death (15 December 1941) was the day when the defence of the mainland was abandoned and the survivors withdrew to the island where they surrendered less than two weeks later.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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