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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: Military personnel file
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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