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Baswitz, Albert

Captain Albert Baswitz, London Regiment, was a student at King's College from 1911 to 1914. He passed Intermediate Arts in 1912, studied for Hons. Maths in Final.

Captain Baswitz met his death gallantly leading his men against the Germans on September 16th last. A brother officer writing of his death says: "His sheer keenness for the whole thing was wonderfully infectious. On the 16th his chance came - the chance he had been longing for. He was ordered to take his company up and reinforce another battalion which was going to attack. So he died, gallantly leading his men, doing a work that he was always anxious to do."

Another writes: "His men, especially the bombers, adored him. There was no more popular officer in the whole division. His example will always be before us."

His Colonel, writing to his bereaved parents, said: "He was one of the bravest men I have ever met and one of the best of friends, beloved by the officers and all of his men too."

King's College Review, Dec 1916

Biographical

Surname(s)Baswitz
First name(s)Albert
Date of birth1892
Place of birthBradford, West Riding of Yorkshire
Family detailsSon of Mr Herman Baswitz (Enquiry Agent, Insurance. Born in Germany) of 40 Tamworth Street, Fulham, London
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1911-1914
Dept / courseFaculty of Science at Kings College & London Day Training College
QualificationsIntermediate Arts 1912 - B.Sc.Hons Maths 1914
Military unitCity of London Regiment 1st/22nd Bttn - Territorial Force
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders
Decorations / medalsM.C. For Distinguished Services in the Field and twice Mentioned in Despatches
Date of death16 September 1916
Age at death24
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathHigh Wood
Cause of deathKilled in action leading his company
Burial placeFlat Iron Copse Cemetery, Mametz
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
NotesIn the 1911 Census Albert was a student teacher
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London OTC 1914-19

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