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Full Name
Edmund Bassett
Rank Last Held
Sergeant
Forename(s)
Edmund
Surname
Bassett
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
25/162
Gender
Male
Place of Birth
Bunnythorpe, Manawatu, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Rifleman
Occupation before Enlistment
Labourer
Next of Kin
Mrs A.E. Bassett (wife), Weber, via Dannevirke, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Embarkation Unit
3rd Battalion, B Company
Embarkation Date
5 February 1916
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Vessel
Ulimaroa or Mokoia or Navua
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
24
Page on Nominal Roll
6
Military Awards
Military Medal (MM)
Award Circumstances
London Gazette, 9 December 1916, p12058, Rec No228: "Great courage during the attack 15th September 1916, at Flers. When the Company was prevented from advancing by heavy rifle and machine gun fire, Lance Corporal Bassett left cover and kept up a constant rifle fire. By his courage and example he got others to follow him and so enabled the advance to be continued."
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 3rd Battalion, B Company
Place of Death
Belgium
Date of Death
23 November 1917
Age at Death
31
Year of Death
1917
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Cemetery Name
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference
XXVII BB 15A
Biographical Notes
Edmund Bassett was the son of Francis and Sarah Bassett; husband of A. E. Bassett, of High St. North, Dannevirke, New Zealand. Born at Bunnythorpe, New Zealand.
Archives NZ source
Sources Used
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1917
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