PASLEY, Thomas Edward Sabine

Second Lieutenant, 1st Bn., King’s Own Scottish Borderers

Born

May 1896.
Son of Edward Hugh Sabine Pasley and Caroline Wemyss, 41, St. Peter’s Street, Tiverton, Devon.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Day Boy” from September 1906, when he was 10 years old, to Summer 1914. He was a School Monitor.

Service

In 1913 he gained the school scholarship to Balliol but before he went into residence war broke out and he at once enlisted, and served in the ranks for some time. He subsequently obtained a commission in the Border Regiment. This he relinquished and served again in the Scot’s Guards, receiving his corporal’s stripe. Then after training in an Officer’s Cadet Battalion he was gazetted to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.

The Offensive

The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914. The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence. There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele.

Death

11th April 1918.
He was reported wounded and ‘missing’ and afterwards as killed in action.

Burial/Commemoration

2/Lt Pasley has no known grave so is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, (Flanders). Panel 5.

 

Memorial

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing stands in Berks Cemetery Extension 12km south of Ypres on the N363 between Ypres and Messines.  It commemorates of 11,000 servicemen who died in this sector but have no known grave. Those men commemorated on this memorial did not die in major offensives, these are commemorated elsewhere, but they died in day to day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line. The memorial was designed by H. Charlton Bradshaw, with sculpture by Gilbert Ledward.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Records Office, National Archives, Kew: Medal Rolls: WO372/
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 5/127
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No.5143
“The Blundellian”, 1918.

 

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