William Frederick Dallas

Date of birth:         1892
Place of birth:        Wolverhampton
Rank:                         Lieutenant
Regiment:                Hampshire Regiment/Welsh Regiment
Died:                          9th April 1916
Death location:     Basra, Iraq

Life before the war
William Frederick Dallas born in Wolverhampton 1892.  The 1901 census shows the family living in Wolverhampton.  His mother, Isabel Bain Dallas, was widowed and married Joseph Doncaster Bassitt in December 1903 in South Stoneham.  In 1911 the family were living at 5 Westbourne, Furzedown Road, Highfield, Southampton.  Joseph Bassitt was a solicitor, William, aged 18 in 1911, is listing as being a scholar.

Military service
William entered army service on 8th December 1915 and fought in the Mesopotamia campaign.  He died on 9th April 1916 and is commemorated in Panel 24 of the Basra Memorial in Iraq.  The memorial lists 40,682 names of Commonwealth Forces who died in Mesopotamia operations from the Autumn of 1914 until August 1921 and whose graves are unknown.

William Frederick Dallas was awarded the British Medal, Victory Medal and 15 Star.  His stepfather Joseph Bassitt applied for and was granted these medals on 21st February, 1922.

Until 1997 the Basra memorial was on the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil, 8km north of Basra.  Under a presidential decree it was moved to its present site on the road to Nasiriyah which was a major battleground in World War I.  The moving of the memorial was a massive undertaking involving huge manpower, transport and engineering to dismantle and rebuild the memorial in it’s entirety.

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