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Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett

Cyril Bassett VC. Archives New Zealand Reference: AALZ 25044 F721 (R24184878) (Great War Medal Winner Photograph). (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Cyril Royston Guyton AWMM
  • Surname
    Bassett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/515 AWMM
    • WWII 802313 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 January 1892 Military Personnel file Military Personnel file
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM 26 Burleigh Street, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 T.C. Bassett (father), Burleigh Street, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 4/515 AWMM
    • WWII 802313 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Auckland College Rifles Volunteers AWMM
    • Auckland Divisional Signal Company AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Divisional training in Egypt AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW1 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Illness (cause unknown): 13 August 1915 - evacuated to England. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded twice on the Western Front. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • His father was Frederick Charles Bassett, a printer, and mother was Harriet Adelle Powley.

      Cyril attended Grafton School, Auckland Grammar School and the Auckland Technical College. Member of College Rifles Rugby Club.

      In 1908 he was employed as a clerk at the Newton branch of the National Bank of New Zealand, he continued to become a bank manager

      Married Ruth Louise Grant.

      Victoria Cross held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand. Displayed in the Scars on the Heart, WWI "Cyril Bassett , V.C." display. Displayed are C. Bassett's medals and a photo of Lieutenant C. Bassett taking breakfast, Western front 1918. First New Zealander to receive the Victoria Cross in World War 1. Only New Zealander, serving in a New Zealand unit, to win the Victoria Cross at Gallipoli.

      During World War II, Cyril Bassett served in New Zealand. AWMM
    • Cyril had three sisters Ruby Irene Myrtle born 1888/1060, Pearl Daphne Alexia born 1889/11845, and Freda Alma Gladys born 1893/9633 Public - Heather - Researcher - 12 August 2015 - NZ Registrar General Birth Death and Marriage indexes on line RGO marriage of Harriet and Frederick reference 1886/2703, birth of his sisters have reference numbers.
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About death

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  • Death
    9 January 1983 AWMM
    Stanley BayAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Northern Division RSA Ash Lawn Section 2 Block A Row C Plot 42 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 11 January 1983 p. 5 AWMM
  • Memorial name
    Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone, National Memorial Aboretum, Staffordshire, England Public - Sarndra - Researcher - 29 November 2015 - personal visit
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
    • St David's Church, 68 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland 1029 AWMM

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  • I am writing an english report on this guy. He sounds like a cool dude... Good job Cyril!
    Public - Amelia - Researcher - 9 June 2017
  • He was my great, great, great uncle and he was very brave and i he was amazing
    Public - Grace - Other relative - 24 August 2016
  • Cyril was my grandfathers cousin and he was known to be a very humble man. He was of a quiet nature and also a very good artist. I thank him for what he did at Gallipoli and hope it did make a difference to our world.
    Public - Rhondda - Other Relative - 23 April 2015
  • he is my cousin 3 times removed...Like a boss.
    Public - Theo - Other Relative - 3 March 2015



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