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Captain Cyril W C Bain


Harrogate Herald - 24th October 1917

W H Breare letter

By the way, Captain Bain, son of Dr Bain, of Harrogate, I understand, has been selected as one of the officers to train American officers in a certain class of gunnery. He has been out over two years and a half, so I imagine the change will be welcome to him, as his battalion has had a good deal of dangerous work and suffered its full share of casualties.


Harrogate Herald - 31st October 1917

W H Breare letter

I had a pleasant surprise on Wednesday night, for then Dr Bain and his son, Captain Bain, who is in the same battalion as my son, called to see me and we had a very pleasant though all too brief time. You will have noticed that medical students are being combed out of the Army. There is a tremendous shortage of medical men at home - not sufficient for the imperative needs of our people. Doctors, I regret to say, have been so overworked that deaths are very frequent amongst medicos of advanced years. The position is an alarming one, and the Government is taking means to obviate present and future difficulties by combing out the medical students so that they may finish their courses and relieve the strain. Captain Bain is a medical student, and having had over two years and a half military service, I hope he will now be able to resume his medical studies. Thus far he has been in charge of a machine gun lot, and has risen rapidly to the rank of captain. His battalion, which was in the affair of the 8th and 9th, as well as many other "stunts", and suffered many casualties, is resting.


Harrogate Herald - 26th December 1917

Military Honours

Captain Cyril W C Bain, Machine Gun Corps (Military Cross), is the only surviving son of Dr Bain, of Harrogate. He was educated at Bilton Grange, Rugby, and Wellington College, and had been a year at Christ Church, Oxford, when the war broke out, having entered as a medical student. He got his commission in September, 1914, and went out with the West Riding Division in April, 1915. He was mentioned in despatches last June.