1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

William Bazalgette

Contributed by: Wendy Jenkins, on 2008-11-17

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Rank
First Name William
Surname Bazalgette
Year of Birth 1897
Year of Death 1917
Regiment Devonshire Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Exmouth, Devon

William's Story

William joined 10th (Service) Batt. The Devonshire Regt. aged 17 years 5 months on Oct. 3rd 1914 after outbreak of war as 2nd. Lieut. Promoted Lieut. Feb 1915. Joined 26th Cyclists July 1915. Went to France Sept 20th. 1915 and Macedonia Nov 1915. Served alongside father Major John E Bazalgette of Hampshire Regt. Was ADC to GOC 26th Division July 1916 - Oct 1916. Gazetted 2nd Lieut (Regular Forces) 1st. Batt. The Devonshire Regt. Aug 3rd 1916. Joined Batt. Dec 19th 1916.

Killed in action in France (?) by a shell on May 9th 1917 aged 20.

A splendid young officer and beloved by all ranks and those that knew him.

His name is recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres but as far as we know he has no grave.

William is my mother's half brother from my grandfather's first marriage. William's mother never got over the death of her only child and eventually drank herself to an early death in 1927.

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