Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Basil Champion Thwaites

Photo of Basil Champion Thwaites
House and time at Malvern: Day, 1889 - 1890.

Regiment: Canadian Inf.
Died: 10 November 1917 aged 41 in Belgium. Killed at Passchendaele.
Battle: Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Cemetery: Ypres Menin Gate P 18/28/30

Son of Rev H G Thwaites, Limber Magna. b. 1876.
Modern III.
Served in South African War 190102.
Husband of Ethel J. A. Thwaites.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1916; Lieutenant 1916. 7th Bn. Canadian Infany.

'He was one of three brothers who entered the School together. He was killed in action, on November 10th, 1917, and so far we have been unable to obtain further details.'
(Malvernian, Dec 1919)

The War Diary states that Lieut B. C. Thwaites was in charge of No 6 Platoon and he was wounded at 7.30am on the 10th November an hour and a half after zero hour at 6.05am which was the start time for the resumption of the offensive on Passchendaele. Map of operations including Map location V.30.b.1.4.

The War Diary further states that 'The good work done by Capt Mogg, Lieut Carter and Lieut Thwaites during the operations deserves to be recommended.' (They were all killed by shell fire in the reserve trench.)
Unit War Diary for November 1917 Unit war diary - Thwaites wounded Recommendations