Private Gustavus Bass

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

29 May 1917

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

2 Cross Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

United Kingdom

Grave Location

Plot Y.M.49
Crawley Creen Road
United Kingdom

Luton ward

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Gustavus was born in 1888.

Aged 23 in 1911 he was a straw hat packer and living at No 2 Cross Street in Luton. He was living with 7 other people in this little side street off High Town Road, his 58 year old widowed mother, Georgeina, brother Harry 19,  and aunt Maria who is unmarried at age 64 and is a straw hat machinist. Gustavus' married brother John, 25 who is a brickmaker, has bought his family to live here too, his wife Amy Thurza Gerelda, 25 and his daughters Winifred Nora, 4 and Edith Elizabeth aged 2.

Gustavus married Alice Rosa Hawkes on 10th January 1914 and had 2 daughters, Constance Rosa born 30th April 1914 and Winifred Leonora born 16th December 1915.

Gustavus joined the 6th Battallion of The East Kent Regiment "The Buffs" and fought on the Western Front. 

Gustavus received gunshot wounds to the arm & side & died in a hospital in Leicester on 29th May 1917.

He received a military funeral which was reported in the Luton News on 7th June 1917.



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Author: KarenC

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