Following work this weekend, I finally cracked the puzzle of Noel HAUGHTON/HAGESTADT’s origin!
I managed to trace back to his grandfather, Henry HAGESTADT, born in Oldenburg, Germany in around 1806. He is believed to have come to this country with his brother, John Arendt HAGESTADT, but this has yet to be verified.
I would still love to find out when/where/why Noel changed his name to HAUGHTON. Mere speculation suggests the family had concerns over repercussions during World War I, considering his German origins.
Anyone any clues or be able to advise where I go from here?