PASK [GREEN], William

No.33190, Private, William PASK
Aged 21

9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment "Alexandra, Princess of Wales' Own"
formerly No.2586, Suffolk Regiment
and formerly No. 9247 Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in Action on Monday, 1st October 1917

William Pask GREEN was born in Kennett in 1896 (Newmarket Q3-1896 3B:516), son of Rose Lily GREEN.
Rose married Sidney William PASK in Q3-1896.

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at Genesis Green, Wickhambrook with his father Sidney PASK [32] bricklayer born Wickhambrook; his mother Rose L [23] born Kentford and his brother Jack [3] born Wickhambrook.

1911 census...Aged 14, a farm labourer, he was at Front Street, Ousden with his parents, brother Jack and sister Daisy Hilda [7] and brother Joe [2] both born in Wickhambrook. The family name has been transcribed as Park.

He enlisted in Bury St. Edmunds. The Yorkshire regiment were known, amongst other titles, as "The Green Howards"
In October 1917 the 9th Yorkshires were in the line about Reninghelst. An extract from the 9th Yorkshire Battalion Regimental War Diary for 1 Oct 1917 says:-
LOCATION TRENCHES: 1 Oct.1917 The Battalion plus one Company 10th Duke of Wellington's, took over from 8th Yorkshire Battalion as follows:
'A' Company in support by CARLISLE FARM - 'D' Company J15.d.50.45 to REUTEL BEEK J15.d.60.85 - 'B' Company REUTEL BEEK to JUT FARM J16.c.10.20 - 'D' Company Duke of Wellingtons JUT FARM J16.c.10.20 to J16.a.50.50 .
'C' Company remained in same position. Very heavy barrage put up by the enemy from 4:30 am. 'C' Company on our left attacked; heavy casualties feared. Communications between HQ and Company's very difficult.
Later 1 Officer and 14 men were reported killed in action, William Pask is named as one of them.

The Bury Free Press of 3rd November 1917 reported:-

Prvt.Wm.Pask, who during the last year has been attached to the 9th Yorkshire Regiment, but enlisted at the outbreak of war into the 2/5th Suffolks, having received an accident in France shortly after his arrival he returned to England, and after having recovered from his injuries he again went out. This time to the Yorkshire Machine Gun Section, and was killed in action on October 1st. Our hero is the eldest of two sons of Mr. and Mrs S.Pask. Their youngest son is now in Egypt, he having been wounded in the Dardanelles, and deep sympathy is felt for their parents in their sad loss.

William Pask is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial panels 52-54 and 162A

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