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VC637   Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett

BORN   3 January 1892

DIED   9 January 1983   AGE   91

VC Won   8-10 August 1915   AGE   23

Place VC Won   Rhododendron Spur, Chunuk Bair Ridge, Anzac Beach sector, Gallipoli, Turkey

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett   No.   4/515   

VC Issue No.   637   Awards   VC   

Regiment   New Zealand Expeditionary Force, New Zealand Divisional Signal Company



Rank VC Won   Second Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Captain

Place Of Birth   Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand

Place Of Death   At his home, 74 Stanley Point Road, Stanley Point, Devonport, New Zealand

Buried/Location Ashes   Auckland Cemetery, New Zealand

Cremated   North Shore Crematorium, Albany, New Zealand

Date Buried/Cremated   12 January 1983

Headstone   Ashes   Plot/Grave no.   Northern Division, Block A, Row C, Plot 45

Gazetted   15 October 1915

VC Presented   3 February 1916, King George V, Buckingham Palace, London, England


Memorial plaque, Auckland Cemetery, New Zealand

Look-out point named in his honour with plaque and road sign at North Shore Auckland, New Zealand

Named on sundial, Caroline Bay, Timaru, New Zealand

Bassett Place, Taradale, Napier, New Zealand

Named on Victoria Cross Memorial, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire

By The Way…

He was the first New Zealander to be awarded the VC in the First World War

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Auckland Institute & Museum, New Zealand



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