From Hoole History and Heritage Society



Regiment: Royal Artillery

Rank: Captain

Died: 16 October 1944

Aged: 30

Buried/ Memorial: Calais Canadian War Cemetery, France

Address: 60 Panton Road, Hoole

Cheshire Observer 4 November 1944


The death in action is reported of Capt. Alan Bastow, husband of Mrs. Beryl Bastow, of 60 Panton Road, Hoole.Aged 30, he was a native of Bradford , where he received his education at Carlton Secondary School, later procedding to Leeds university, where he took the degrees of B.A. and M.A. in German. While at the University Capt. Bastow studied arts and modern languages, and was keenly interested in sport. He obtained his blue for gymnastics, being captain of the University team. Capt. Bastow spent several years at Bonn and Berlin Universities.

A keen musician, he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir, and broadcast with them on several occasions. Prior to the war he was appointed senior German master at Ashford Grammar Schooland while there he joined the local territorial unit. Capt. Bastow was called up immediately on the outbreak of warand posted to an anti-aircraft battalion. He went overseas shortly after D-Day and was eventually posted to the War Office with the rank of Captain, being later transferred to Field Marshal Montgomery’s staff. Capt. Bastow was the youngest son of Mrs.R. M. Bastow and the late Mr. J. H. Bastow of Bradford. He married Miss Beryl (Pat) Hughes of Chester.