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Bass-Thomson, James Edmund (1922-1943)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: James Edmund Bass-Thomson (1922-1943), born 23 July 1922, son of Leslie Dacre Bass-Thomson (Old Shirburnian) and Laura Liddell Bass-Thomson, of Edinburgh.


Attended Abbey School.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1936-April 1940; 6th form; 1st XV rugby football team, 1929.


WW2, Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in an air crash when returning to England at Halfaya Sollum on 5 November 1943, aged 21.


Commemorated at:

Originally buried at El Taurub, Tawaali and reburied at Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, Egypt, Coll. grave 5. A. 1-8. Inscription on his headstone: ‘WE WILL REMEMBER THEM’,...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House roll of honour.


His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Sub-Lt. James Edmund Bass-Thomson, R.N.V.R. (1936-40), was killed near Sollum when flying home from the East to take up submarine work. In his short life at sea he had already seen and done much, and he was present at the sinking of the 'Bismarck'. At School he was an exceptionally good swimmer and he won his football Colours, and those who knew him will remember his stalwart figure and breadth of shoulder and his sturdy independence of character. He loved sailing and he loved the sea and "his love for Sherborne seemed to increase." With Sherborne as his School and the Navy for his war service, he followed in the steps of his father.'

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