This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
Ernest N. Haxton
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: 649
- Rank: Flight Sergeant
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps
- Unit/Ship: 11th Squadron
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death: 23
- Date of Death: 11.10.1916
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery
- Grave/Mem Ref no: III.D.6.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 7 East Haddon Road, Dundee
- Occupation: Apprentice Engineer, Blackness Foundry, Dundee
Margaret Haxton, 7 East Haddon, Rd, Dundee
James Gordon Haxton, 7 East Haddon Rd, Dundee
Robert James & William
More about Ernest N. Haxton
Ernest was the brother of Pte William Haxton S/16300, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, who was killed in action 03.07.1917.
DUNDEE AVIATOR IS BROUGHT DOWN
WITHIN THE ENEMY LINES
Pilot Ernest Haxton, a Dundee man, has come down in the German lines, and is believed to have lost his life.
On Saturday his father, Mr James Haxton, 7 East Haddon Road, Dundee, received a letter from his commanding officer stating that Pilot Haxton had been engaged in an offensive on 9th October. After a combat with a hostile aeroplane he was observed by our other machines, which were over him, to be going down on the other side of the lines. The writer also says:-“From the accounts given I very much fear there is no chance of his having survived. He had not been long with his squadron, but proved himself to be a very fine pilot and a bold fighter.”
Before joining this branch of the service Pilot Haxton was an apprentice engineer in Blackness Foundry. When he was a member of the Royal Field Artillery (Territorials), Dundee, about two years before the outbreak of war, volunteers were asked for the Royal Flying Corps. Pilot Haxton offered his services and was accepted. He went into work with great assiduity, and succeeded in obtaining his first class certificate.
Mr Haxton has three other sons in the army, One, Sergeant Robert Haxton, of the Royal Scots, now at the front. Sergeant James Haxton is with the Canadians while the third, William Haxton, has enlisted in the Seaforths.
Dundee Courier 16th October 1916
Ernest was killed in action whilst piloting his FE2b 6992.
Additional information and image, kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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