William S “Bill” Bascombe
Hon Treasurer 1927-1934 jointly with F.C. Wills.
Awarded Life Membership 1963
Achievements: Captain of Bath “A”
Debut game: 8th January 1921 v Penylan
Final game: 26th February 1921 v Bridgwater
Number of Appearances: 2
Whilst serving with the Gloucestershire Regiment, as a sergeant, he was awarded the Military Medal on the Somme and was commissioned (in the field) to the rank of Captain thereafter being reassigned to the Rifle Brigade. Having played rugby whilst serving in the Glosters he led the 37th Divisional XV in France defeating the famous 3rd Australian Division XV. He also played for the British Army against the French Army in Cologne.
When he returned from military service he joined the Bath Club and was skipper of the “A” team in 1921-22 season.
At the time he was appointed Treasurer (1927-28) there was a debt of £300 on the North Stand and his first task was to clear this liability. He also undertook to raise £1500 for the new West Stand and was immediately successful.
Bill always aimed at making Bath one of the leading sides in the country and believed that with a good side and a strong Committee it could rise even higher in the rugby world
Bill’s other interests included badminton, cricket, tennis and miniature rifle shooting.
After his war service Bill joined Lloyds Bank and rose to Chief Clerk in the Milsom Street branch. In 1933 he left Bath on his appointment as Manager at Camberley subsequently moving to Aldershot in 1941. He retired in 1952 and returned to Bath, as he had always intended, in 1955.
Was the author of the 1965 Centenary History of the Club.