Old Farnhamians’ Association






Honouring a Forgotten Hero

Left to Right: Cyril Trust, Richard Phillips, Gordon Andrews, Michael Mehta, Ian Sargeant, Brian Williams, Andrew Tuck, Roger Edgell, John Clarke & John Crotty

8 December, 2018

William Bastow was born in 1894, went to FGS from 1904 to 1909 and served in the First World War. He died tragically in a flying accident whilst serving in Gallipoli in 1915. Although his death is marked on the town war memorial, it was not recorded on the metal tablet hanging on the wall of Morley Court, for unknown reasons.

That omission has been corrected in the centenary year following the ending of WW1. Fortunately, there was room at the end of the list on that tablet for the extra name and there was a formal unveiling ceremony in the presence of several old boys of the school. John Clarke was thanked by Roger Edgell for discovering the omission, Rev’d Canon Andrew Tuck spoke movingly of the service to the country of people such as William Bastow and OFA President Richard Phillips read a poem he had written for the occasion.

To read more about WH Bastow and this event on Blunderbuss News – click here


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