During the war he was posted to Mesopotamia on 6th November, 1914, and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He was killed in action on 14th April 1915 and was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. III.G.18/23), the same cemetery as his brother Harry. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name can also be seen on the memorial in St. James' churchyard and on the roll of honour inside the church.
When the First World War broke out in August 1914 Harry was mobilized at once and sailed with the 1/4th Battalion for India. He was later posted to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra on 23rd February 1916. By the time of his death he held the rank of Sergeant. On 11th September 1916 he died of wounds received in action. He was buried at Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (grave id. VI.F.22), the same cemetery as his brother Charles. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial, and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name was also included on the memorial in St. James' churchyard and on the roll of honour inside the church.
He enlisted as a Private on 9th September, 1914, in the East Surrey Regiment and was posted abroad on 9th October, 1914. He soon transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) as a Rifleman (Service No. Z/2711). In the June 1915 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine it was reported that he had been "severely wounded in the fighting around Ypres. He was repatriated to England and it was found necessary to amputate his left leg." He died on 3rd July 1915 and was buried at Ladywell Cemetery, Brockley, Kent. His name appears on the cemetery memorial (Screen Wall D 3196). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury. His name also appears on the war memorial at Shaftesbury School.
A "First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces" was produced by Shaftesbury Grammar School in September 1915. It shows the regiment in which Tommy served and the date and term in which he left school. His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Tommy's name, indicating that he had died. He was the first Old Shastonian to die in the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum.
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1915
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, October 1915
First List of Old Shastonians Serving in H.M. Forces, September 1915
William Richard Bastable was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury, and baptised at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, on 19th September, 1890. He was the son of George William Edward Bastable, an agricultural labourer, and Fanny Ann Bastable (neé Davis). William's four siblings included Henry John (known as Harry), born in 1884, who also died in the war. Following the death of his father, George, who was buried on 9th June 1898, his widow Fanny worked as a laundress and later a charwomen to support the remaining two children living at home at 84 St. James. At the time of the 1911 Census William was serving as a Private in the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 4993) and was stationed at Wanowrie Line, Poona, India. Between July and September 1914 William returned to England and married Alice Eliza Conway, from Melbury Abbas. It is not known if he had left the army and re-enlisted at the beginning of the war, but his Service Number changed to 7643 which suggests there was a break in his military career.
During the war he served with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment in France and Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals. He was killed in action in Flanders on 3rd May 1915, five days before his brother Harry. His wife had given birth to a daughter, Winifred Violet Alberta, on 29th April 1915. Going by the dates it is doubtful if William knew he had become a father. He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord (grave id. I.F.23) near the Belgian border along with 599 of his comrades. Alice married again in 1919, to Alfred Young in Shaftesbury. She went on to have four more children. William is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James' war memorials. His name also appears on the Roll of Honour in St. James' Church and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.