Regiment : C Company 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 20196
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 14th April 1918 aged 23
Buried : Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 5.
Relatives : Son of William and Laura Bashford, 50 Cemetery Rd., Lye, Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Additional information researched and transcribed by the Black Country Society. Census records researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Cross Walks Road, Lye
William Bashford, Head, age 32, Frost Stud Maker, born Wollescote, Worcester
Laura Bashford, wife, age 26, born Old Swinford, Worester
Thomas Bashford, son, age 5, born Wollescote, Worcester
David Bashford, son, age 3, born Wollescote, Worcester
Alice, daughter, age 4, born Wollescote, Worcester
Charles Woodridge, boarder, age 37, Coal Miner
Thomas Bashford volunteered for the Worcesters and joined the 2nd Battalion. By 1918 he might well have come through three years of hard and dangerous warfare. In April 1918, however, the battalion was near Ploegsteert and faced the full weight of the second German Spring Offensive on the River Lys. The Worcesters were driven back from their trenches and fought bravely at Neuve Eglise but they were severely outnumbered. Losses were high and among them was Private Thomas Bashford who was killed in action on the 14th April.
Thomas Bashford has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ploegsteert Memorial.