(1889 - 1918)
DATE OF BIRTH:
31st January 1889
YEARS ATTENDED THE COLLEGE:
1903 - 1906
HOME ADDRESS WHEN AT THE COLLEGE:
Ravenstone, 61 Farquhar Road, Upper Norwood
DATE OF DEATH:
3rd November 1918
AGE AT DEATH:
WHERE HE DIED (or was wounded)
LOCATION OF GRAVE OR MEMORIAL:
Corporal Donald Masterton Haldeman
Born on January 31st 1889 in Pennsylvania, Donald was the son of Benjamin and Julia Haldeman, and was from a family with strong Dulwich connections – two of his uncles had attended the College, and his cousin would also later go on to do so. Donald’s time as a pupil started in early 1903, and was to last until he left at the end of 1906; during his final year he was a member of both the rugby 1st XV and the cricket 2nd XI. After leaving he returned to America, where he was employed by the United States Steel Corporation, at first in New York and later in Toronto.
When the U.S. entered the war in 1917 Donald applied to join the Officers Reserve Corps but was at first refused on medical grounds. He then returned to his birthplace of Pennsylvania and applied once more, this time successfully. By June 1918 he was a Corporal in the Coast Artillery, with whom he went across to France that summer. In September, however. he was taken seriously ill whilst at the front and sent to hospital. The illness was severe enough that the intention was to invalid him back to America, but he had only made it as far as Brest, in Brittany, when, on November 3rd 1918, he passed away, aged 29.