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  • Wooden memorial in St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
He was the son of Walter and Frances Mary Bass and the brother of Frank and Frances Hilda Bass. In 1911 they lived at Forge Mill Bestwood Nottinghamshire. He was the husband of Bertha (née Reeve) Bass. Probate was awarded to Bertha Bass widow (£44 9s 2d).
He was a teacher.
24 Apr 1918
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Captain
  • MC MC Military Cross
10th Bn The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Harold Bass joined the 10th Battalion in October of 1915 just after the the Battle of Loos. He served in the Armentieres sector through until the spring of 1916 when the battalion moved down to prepare for the Somme offensive. Bass saw action just to the north of Fricourt on July 1st 1916, the opening day of the Somme. He fought at Arras and at Passchendaele in 1917 as the adjutant. In February of 1918 the battalion was disbanded and Bass was attached to the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed at Villers Bretoneux on 24th April 1918 and his name is commemorated on the Pozieres memorial.
His official citation was published in the 'London Gazette' on 26th July 1918: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. An enemy attack in force succeeded in driving back a front line for about 100 yards. In command of the battalion he showed great courage and coolness in reforming his men under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, and sending them forward in waves, and also in the reorganisation of immediate supports, thereby enabling the front line to be strengthened and held. His splendid example at a critical period had a most reassuring effect upon all ranks under his command.” In memoriam published 23rd April 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “BASS. – In loving memory of Captain Harold Bass, M.C., 10 Yorkshire Regt. (attached 2nd West Yorkshire Regt.), killed in action April 24th, 1918, at Villers Bretonneux. – Father, mother, sister, and brothers.” Above in memoriam is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914 - 1918
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  • Wooden memorial in St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Harold Bass - Wooden memorial in St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall courtesy of Peter Gillings