The Men

The Men

Sunday, 19 January 2014

* Capt. William Oswald Halpin

Capt. William Oswald Halpin

William Oswald had a slightly older brother, George, who also went to High School. They both became doctors. George went to London for further studies and took up a general practice near Reading, married and had children before the war, and remained there to his death in 1958. George's only son was killed on service in WW2. William Oswald was attached to 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars as Regimental Medical Officer, in the 2nd Cavalry Division, when he was wounded and killed.  He was engaged to be married and, sadly, left a generous bequest to his fiancée in his will. His fiancée's surname was Chamberlain.  She never married.

Source: Bill W.,

Captain William Oswald Halpin.  The Royal Army Medical Corps. attd 4th [Queen's Own] Hussars.

Trinity College B.A., M.D., M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.
Captain William Oswald Halpin, was the second son of William Oswald Halpin [1840-1908] and Anna Maria [née Burgess] Halpin [1848-1933] who were married in Dublin in August 1880.
He was born in Dublin in 1886, and educated at The High School Harcourt St., St. Andrew's
College, Dublin, and Trinity College, Dublin, from where he graduated in Medicine.

He received his commission as a Temporary Lieutenant in the RAMC on 10 August 1914, and was attached to the 4th [Queen's Own] Hussars. He was promoted to Captain in 1915.
He died on 10 August 1918.  His name is included on the War Memorials at Tullow Church, Brighton Road, Foxrock, Co. Dublin The High School and Mount Jerome Cemetery War Memorial


Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery


Departement de la Somme

Picardie, France

Plot: III. BB. 8.


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