Parish Council   Derbyshire

BASIL TERAH HOOLEY b 8th June 1892 Risley died 28th Oct. 1918 age 26

1911 census: Son of Terah and Mary Elizabeth (Swaffield) of The Lodge, Risley.

An engineer with Geo. Fletcher & Co. Derby.

Gazetted 2nd Lt. in the Sherwood Foresters 7th Battalion Territorial 4 3 1915

Entered France 24 8 1915. Transferred to Machine Gun Corps 26 10 1916. Gazetted acting Capt. 26 5 1917 and transferred to Tank Corps Nov. 1917.

Acting Major Tank Corps. from 17 5 1918 (Gazetted 30 7 1918)  

Decorated with the Military Cross (gazetted Nov 1918) “for conspicuous gallantry while commanding a company of tanks in action. In spite of heavy artillery and machine gun fire he kept in close touch with the tanks, directing them with the utmost judgement and decision. His able handling enabled the infantry to reach their objective at the expense of very few casualties”

He died while on home leave, of influenza. Among the obituaries are the following:

From the Ilkeston Advertiser 1st and 8th  November 1918:

“Among the victims of pneumonia following influenza is Major B T Hooley M.C. Tank Corps. who succumbed at Risley Lodge…In fact he was on the point of leaving home for the station to return to France when he suddenly collapsed “

He is buried in Risley churchyard.

In 1964 Mr. Gordon Baker (younger brother of Harry Leslie Baker above) wrote an account of his memories of Basil Hooley’s funeral.

“Other outstanding recollections of my days in the choir………the military funeral of Basil Hooley which took place from Risley Lodge. The choir stood out in the churchyard as the funeral cortege came slowly down the Park Drive to the strains of Chopin’s Marche de Funebre”


More formally the Ilkeston Pioneer has:

“From the Lodge the funeral cortege proceeded down the main drive, the coffin, covered by the Union Jack on which rested the deceased officer’s sword and cap, being borne on a gun carriage. Proceeding it was the band of the Notts. and Derby Regt. playing Chopin’s Funeral March.”

In the grant of probate he left effects of £313 to his wife Emily.

Article to the right is from Du Revugney’s role of honour