Date of birth:
Parents: John and Sarah Bastock
Wife: Harriet Mary Moore
Address: 24 Bridge Street
Occupation: Tram Conductor
William was born in 1889, the son of John and Sarah Bastock. He was one of five children – his siblings were George Edward, Charles, John George and Lily. He was baptised at All Saint’s Church, Warwick on 5th May 1889.
He married Harriet Mary Seaton on 25th June 1910. In 1911 she and William were living at 2 Bridge Street, Emscote, Warwick and William was working as a Tram Car Conductor. In 1912 they had a daughter Dorothy. This was followed by the birth of another child (name unknown).
William’s brother, John, also died in the same year and it appears that their parents had lost a third son, George Edward (18), before the war. George is buried in Warwick Cemetery and his brother’s names have been added to his gravestone.
Harriet went on to marry Frederick Moore in 1920. She died in 1984 aged 94.
Rank & Number: Gunner, 232175
Regiment/Service: 32nd Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Brigade/Division: 33rd Brigade
Date of death: Monday, November 26, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church, Avenue of Trees in St Nicholas Park
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