Hadow, Terence Michael Scott (No. 172204)

Hadow, Terence Michael Scott (Terence)


No. 172204, 1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers

Killed in action on Thursday 18 March 1943 (aged 21)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (Face 9)


In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Terence Michael Scott Hadow was a son of Patrick Hadow and Monica E. Hadow of Kensington, London.  In the 22 May 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Young Bangor Officer Reported Killed it was reported that Lieutenant Terence Michael Scott Hadow, who was the only son of Mrs Murray Forbes, Ava Cottages, Ballyvernott, Bangor had been killed in action.  Previously Lieutenant Hadow had been posted as missing in action.

Terence Michael Scott Hadow’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1921 in Kensington, London and he was a son of Douglas Patrick Hadow and Dorothy Monica Evelyn Hadow (nee Cox).

During the First World War Douglas Patrick Hadow served as a Lieutenant with the Northumberland Fusiliers and later with the Royal Air Force.  In 1916 he was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in action when he led a raid against the enemy with great courage and determination.  Other members of the Hadow family fought with distinction in the Indian Mutiny and in the South African War.  After the Great War ended Douglas Patrick Hadow was a merchant and he and Dorothy Monica Evelyn Cox were married on 29 January 1920 in Paddington Parish Church of England Church, London.  Douglas was 23, Dorothy was 21 and the ceremony was performed by Dorothy’s father, the Revd Alfred Peachey Cox, Canon of Gloucester Cathedral.

On 6 February 1920 Douglas and Dorothy Hadow travelled aboard RMS Avon from Southampton to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and on 15 February 1921 Dorothy arrived in Liverpool aboard RMS Darro having boarded in Rio de Janeiro.  On that trip she described herself as a housewife and she gave as her address in England:  10 The Avenue, Clifton, Bristol (where her father lived).  In February 1923 Douglas Hadow travelled from Barbados to Plymouth aboard the Dutch mail ship Van Rensselaer.  He had been visiting members of his mother’s family.

The death of Terence Michael Scott Hadow’s parental grandfather, Norman Patrick Mellier Hadow, was registered in the first quarter of 1927 in Islington, London.  Norman Patrick Mellier Hadow was born in Bangalore, India and he served as a Captain in the Indian Army.  In civilian life he worked as a dressmaker and was assisted by his wife Helen Furlong Hadow (nee Haynes).  Helen was born in the West Indies, in Barbados, and her only child was Douglas Patrick Hadow (Terence Michael Scott Hadow’s father).

There were times during the 1920s when Dorothy Monica Evelyn Hadow dropped the Dorothy from her name and used either Monica or Monica E.  For example, in November 1928 Monica Hadow described herself as a secretary (aged 30) of 11 Cornwall Garden Stables, London when she travelled first class aboard the Herengaria from Southampton to New York.

Dorothy Monica Evelyn Hadow and Douglas Patrick Hadow divorced and both subsequently remarried.

The marriage of Dorothy M.E. Hadow and Murray Forbes was registered in the fourth quarter of 1929 in Chelsea, London and they lived in Ava Cottages, Ballyvernott, Bangor.  Terence Hadow came to live there for a time with his mother and stepfather.  Subsequently his mother married for a third time.  The marriage of Dorothy M.E. Forbes (previously Hadow, nee Cox) and Howard A. Ross was registered in the second quarter of 1949 in Kensington, London.

Douglas Patrick Hadow (Terence Michael Scott Hadow’s father) moved to Australia where he married Florence Lyndall Stuart of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.  Florence and her brother Donald Stuart were both novelists.  Douglas Patrick Hadow worked for Texas Oil and during the Second World War he served with the Royal Australian Air Force.  For a time, the Hadow family lived at 93 North Road, Bassendean, Perth in Western Australia and Douglas Patrick Hadow died in August 1948; Florence Lyndall Hadow died in 1976.

Terence Michael Scott Hadow received at least part of his education in London and, in the preface to the book Minor and Major, the author George Mills acknowledges the help he received from 12-year-old Terence Hadow ‘whose criticisms have been invaluable’.

During the Second World War Lieutenant Terence Michael Scott Hadow served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers.  On 15 February 1941 he was promoted from a Cadet in the 142nd Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) to a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and subsequently to Lieutenant.  He was killed in action against Japanese Forces on 18 March 1943 during the Battle of Donbaik and he has no known grave.  He is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial.

Lieutenant Terence Michael Scott Hadow has a further connection with Bangor.  Captain James Samuel Davidson who was a son of Sir Samuel Cleland Davidson, founder of the Sirocco Works in Belfast, was killed in action during the First World War.  In August 1914 Captain Davidson’s sister, Kathleen Davidson, married Douglas Scott Hadow of the Indian Police.  Douglas Scott Hadow was the younger brother of Norman Patrick Mellier Hadow and so he was Douglas Patrick Hadow’s uncle and Terence Michael Scott Hadow’s great uncle.

Kathleen Davidson and Douglas Scott Hadow had first met in India in 1912/13 and then again while Douglas was in Edinburgh to be best man at a friend’s wedding at which Kathleen was a bridesmaid. They were married three days later.  Douglas returned to India almost immediately after their wedding because his leave was short and there was a war on. Kathleen followed Douglas to India in November 1914 but returned to Bangor in 1915 for the birth of her daughter, Kathleen Nancy Hadow. Douglas Scott Hadow and Kathleen Hadow subsequently divorced and Douglas Scott Hadow, who had remarried (Maud Violet Walthew), retired from the police in May 1929 after 32 years of service.  He moved to Sussex in England where he died on 25 August 1954 in Pendyne Nursing Home, Bexhill and he bequeathed his effects to his widow, Maud Violet Hadow.  Nancy Hadow recalled once meeting her distant cousin Terence.

Kathleen Nancy Hadow married John Bleakley whose brothers Captain Robert James Bleakley and Pilot Officer Deryk Jay Bleakley both died during the Second World War.