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VC969   Basil Arthur Horsfall

Name   Basil Arthur Horsfall   No.     POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   969   Awards   VC    

Regiment   East Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Battalion attached to 11th Battalion

Later   Queen's Lancashire Regiment

Now   The Duke of Lancasters Regiment  

Rank VC Won    Second Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Second Lieutenant

Place Of Birth   Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)

Place Of Death   Near River Cojeul, nr Ayette, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Location unknown, Pas de Calais, France


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Named on the Arras Memorial to the Missing (CWGC)    Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   22 May 1918

VC Presented   16 August 1918 by the Acting Governor of Ceylon on the Galle Face, Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to his parents, Mr & Mrs Charles W F Horsfall


P  Named on Arras Memorial to the Missing, (bay 6), Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

P  Named on Regimental Victoria Cross Memorial,  Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire

Named on War Memorial, School Chapel,Sir William Borlase's School, West Street, Marlow, Berkshire

P  Memorial Plaque, Sir William Borlase's School, West Street, Marlow, Berkshire        

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

By The Way…

As the war started, he was working on a rubber plantation in Sri Lanka. Although trying to enlist, he wasn't allowed till 1916

VC Held By

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, England



VC 968 VC 970
VC 968
VC 970

BORN   4 October 1887

DIED   27 March 1918  AGE   30

VC Won   27 March 1918   AGE   30

Place VC Won   Near Ablainzeville, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1918

The First World War