Harrogate Herald - 3rd March 1920
Harrogate Officer Killed in Action
Lieutenant A T T Bake
It is with deep regret that we record the death in
action on February 14th, of Lieutenant Arthur T T Bake, son
of Mr H J Tyack Bake, of 67 Harlow Moor Drive. Lieutenant
Bake was in the Indian Army and serving in Mesopotamia, where he
met his death in operations against the Kurds. The news was received
by Mr Bake on Wednesday in the following telegram :
"Deeply regret to state your son, Lieutenant
A T T Bake, 126th Baluchie, officially reported from Mesopotamia
killed in action 14th February. Mr Secretary Montagu desires to
express sincere sympathy with you in the loss of this gallant
officer – Secretary, Military Department, India Office".
Lieutenant A T T Bake was educated at Ripon
Grammar School from April 1912, to July 1914, and prepared privately
at home from July 1914, to June 1916, for the Army Competitive
Examination, winning a cadetship in the Indian Army in July 1916. He
sailed in November 1916, for India in SS City of Birmingham, which
was torpedoed when one day out from Alexandra. The cadets lost
everything and were accommodated in Egypt for some weeks by the Army
authorities before proceeding to India in a transport. The 80 cadets
had a training lasting about a year at Wellington in the Nilgui
Hills, South India. Thence Lieutenant Bake was attached to
the 126 Baluchis, and stationed at Quetta for some time; later he
went on a recruiting expedition to the Punjab and Kashmir. About
February 1918, he volunteered for service in Mesopotamia, and for a
period of rather more than two years during his stay there to the
time of his death, he was the only officer of his regiment who was
never absent from duty either from illness or any other cause. As so
many of the other officers were from time to time incapacitated he
was almost continuously "Acting Captain" during the last
12 months. During the war period, one could only hazard conjectures
as to his whereabouts, which appear to have been far distant from
Since the armistice there appears to have been
considerable trouble with refractory and warlike tribes, especially
the Kurds; the letters home describing these operations were
particularly interesting, including the storming of their stronghold
amongst the mountains at a height of 7,500 feet above sea level. In
acknowledging a present of a cane from one of his sisters at Xmas,
he mentioned that he had already been hit twice by bullets, which
suggested warm work. His father has received two interesting letters
from Indian officers at present in England who knew his son.
40 Parliament Street
28th February 1920
Dear Sir, It was with feelings of the deepest regret
I read in today's "Times" of the death of your son, Arthur
Bake. I feel sure you would appreciate a letter from one who
knew him well, although I am unknown to you.
I met your son in February, 1918, in a railway
carriage and he travelled to Karachi with my wife and I, and later
we sailed on the same ship for Mesopotamia. Then I met him several
times in Mesopotamia, for we were on the same line of
communications, I being with the 87th Punjabis.
I recall, too, meeting his colonel on a river boat
and asking him how your son was doing, and he replied, "He has
become a thoroughly reliable officer now, and I can always rely on
him under any circumstances". I desire to express my deep
sympathy with you, sympathy all the more real because of losses
which I have myself sustained in the death of two brothers and also
because I knew the real worth of your boy. He was a worthy son, and
a valuable friend. I deplore his death and trust that this letter
may bring some degree of comfort.
I am, dear Sir, yours faithfully,
Leonard A Wide
289 Roundhay Road,
28th February, 1920
Dear Mr Bake, I should like to express to you
my deepest sympathy on the death of your son, Lieutenant A T T
Bake, of the 126th Baluchis.
I knew you son very well. We met in Mesopotamia and
my battery (49th Mountain Battery) and the 126th Baluchis were
together with Lumb's Column in the Kurdistan operations in August to
October of last year. Previous to that both units were encamped at
Chaldari, north of Baghdad.
Your son was very popular amongst us all, and his
loss, I am sure, will be deeply felt in the regiment. He did very
good work during the Kurdistan operations, and he was always a
cheery boy to meet.
I can assure you that it was quite a shock to me, as
it would be to all of his comrades, to hear the news of his death.
We often talked of the happy times we should have when we met in
England – but 'tis Kismet.
Assuring you of my heartfelt sympathy,
We have also received the following letter from Mr
I am writing to thank you most warmly for the
thoughtful kindness which prompted you during the war to send out
your paper with its local news to Harrogate men serving their
country. Mount son many times in his correspondence expressed his
pleasure and gratitude on receiving news of this district. Alas! He
is now beyond these things.
Harrogate Herald – 14th April 1920
Mr H J Tyack Bake, of 67 Harlow Moor Drive,
Harrogate, has received the following letter relating to his son's
Expeditionary Force, Mesopotamia,
126th Baluchistan Infantry
23rd February 1920
Dear Mr Bake, I am writing to express to you,
on behalf of the officers of this regiment and myself, our unstinted
sympathy with you and your family in the loss of your gallant son.
It is, indeed, a heavy loss, coming, as it does, when he might well
have looked for some rest and respite from the dangers of war.
It will, I am sure, be a consolation to you in your
bereavement to know how gallantly he had behaved on a number of
occasions in Kurdistan, and also up the Euphrates, and on this last
occasion when he met his end bringing back a Lewis gun, of which the
team had been killed or wounded.
I am not in full possession of details, as I was
sick in hospital in Baghdad at the time of the occurrence. His party
appears to have been greatly outnumbered by six or seven to one,
but, following the fine example set by your son, they fought
splendidly, and were, after reinforcements arrived, safely
withdrawn, but suffered a third casualties. I believe they took
heavy toll of the enemy.
Your son was a great favourite among his brother
officers and myself, his Commanding Officer. I had a high opinion of
him, and am certain he would have made a high name for himself, and
also that he would have had a happy career.
I deeply trust that these few lines will help you to
bear your loss, and that the recorded gallantry of your son will
give you cause for pride. On my part I feel I must thank you for
having given such a lad to the Army, and particularly to this
Believe me, yours sincerely,
C J Woodhouse, Major
PS – I will communicate with you later.
In Memory of
ARTHUR TREVITHICK TYACK BAKE
Lieutenant 126th Baluchistan Infantry who died on
Saturday, 14th February 1920. Age 21.
Son of H. J. Tyack Bake, M.A., M.Sc. and T.
L. E. Bake, of 67, Harlow Moor Drive, Harrogate. Educated at
Ripon Grammar School and the Cadet College, Wellington, India.
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