HASSELL Harry Trevor
Regiment : 2nd Royal Marine Battalion Royal Naval Division Royal Marine Light Infantry
Service number : PLY1034
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 6th November 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, Panel 1 and 162A.
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Harry Hassell lived in St. Thomas’s parish and enlisted in the Royal Marines. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion which formed part of the Royal Naval Division. Its units fought as infantry and it was renamed the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division in 1916. It was involved in the Gallipoli landings in 1915 and fought in the battle of the Ancre during the final stage of the Somme. In April 1917 the battalion fought at Gavrelle in the Battle of Arras and after reorganisation it was sent to Flanders for the final stage of the Third Battle of Ypres. It arrived for the late October attempt to take the Passchendaele Ridge. The 2nd Royal Marines led an attack on the fortified farms around the Paddebeek stream, but suffered heavy casualties in the appalling conditions of mud and machine guns. The advance was eventually successful but Private Harry Hassell was killed in action on the 6th November, the day the Division left the front line. He is also commemorated on the St. Thomas’s church memorial.
Harry Hassall has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Tyne Cot Memorial.