Ladas Lewis Hassell in Jersey in Oct 1915

Ladas Lewis Hassell was a fellow officer and good friend of Wilmot Evans in Jersey throughout May 1915 to early 1916.

Lieutenant Hassell was born in Kent in 1894 and joined the army via the Jersey Militia. The first and second battalions of the  South Staffordshire regiment that were torn apart in October 1914 were replenished with new recruits in 1915 and new battalions were formed. The fourth was reconstituted in Jersey in 1915 and both Lieutenant Hassell and Lieutenant Wilmot Evans recuperated back at St Peters Barracks Jersey.

Ladas Lewis Hassell with Wilmot Evans in Jersey in 1915

Both Ladas Hassell and Wilmot Evans were injured at Festaubert on 16 May 1915.

Hassell is mentionned several times in Wilmot's letters and appears in the photograph of injured officers in Jersey. The photos here form part of the collection of photos taken whilst Molly Evans visited her brother in Jersey in October 1915.

Ladas Lewis Hasell went on to win the MC and DSO and survived the war. Indeed, he went on to achieve the rank of Brigadier General in the Second World War. He died in 1963.