Other names: Henry John (Harry)
Locations in this story: ShaftesburyFrance & FlandersMenin Gate Memorial, YpresSt. James Street, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburyNova Scotia, CanadaWinnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaBellewaards Lake, Near Ypres, Belgium
Story: Henry John (known as Harry) Bastable was born on 20th August, 1883 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of George William Richard Bastable, an agricultural labourer, and Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis). His four siblings included William Richard, born in 1888, who also died in the war. Following the death of George Bastable in 1898, his widow Fanny worked as a laundress and later as a charwomen to support the remaining two children living at home at 84 St. James. On 28th May 1901 Harry joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman and was discharged on 16th August, 1905. His conduct was described as 'very good'. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a labourer and living at 23 St. James Street, Shaftesbury. On 28th March, 1914 he set sail on the SS Tunisian bound for Nova Scotia, Canada, where he obtained work as a warehouseman. He enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on 17th December, 1914, as a Private in Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)(Service No. 51054). He served in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 8th May 1915, five days after his brother William. The site of his death was in the fire trenches at Bellewaards Lake, Near Ypres, Belgium and he was apparently buried in an unmarked grave. As the area was then overrun the location fell into enemy hands and his body was never recovered. His name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 10). He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ war memorials. He also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.