31 May 2009

Victoria Cross: C. R. G. Bassett


Corporal, New Zealand Divisional Signal Company, New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Born: 3 January 1892, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Died: 9 January 1983, Stanley Point, Devonport, New Zealand

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the Chunuk Bair Ridge in the Gallipoli Peninsula on 7th August, 1915.
After the New Zealand Infantry Brigade had attacked and established itself on the ridge, Corporal Bassett, in full daylight and under a continuous and heavy fire, succeeded in laying a telephone line from the old position to the new one on Chunuk Bair. He has subsequently been brought to notice for further excellent and most gallant work connected with the repair of telephone lines by day and night under heavy fire.

(London Gazette Issue 29328 dated 15 Oct 1915, published 15 Oct 1915.)

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