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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).

Cyril Bassett VC. Archives New Zealand Reference: AALZ 25044 F721 (R24184878) (Great War Medal Winne …


  • 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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • 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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  • Last rank

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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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Connolly, A., & Stanes, P. Rememberance: Auckland Grammar School Great War Roll of Honour. Vols 1 & 2. Auckland: Petand Prodctions. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 39 AWMM
    • New Zealand Memories AWMM
      Townsend, Colin. (2004, Apr/May). Corporal Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett : N.Z. Divisional Signal Company. V.C.New Zealand memories, issue 47. AWMM
    • Bryant, G.A. (1972). Where the prize is highest : the stories of the New Zealanders who won the Victoria Cross. Auckland, N.Z.: Collins. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Tapaleao, V. (2009, 11 November). Tribute to Gallipoli's bravest. New Zealand Herald. Includes portrait with Bassett wearing the VC AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
      p.85-89 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      p. 22 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1915, Third term. pp.41-42. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald, 9 November 2013, p.A13 (review of NZ and the First World War in Photographs by Glyn Harper) AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 11 January 1983 p. 5 AWMM
    • The Evening Post AWMM
      New Zealanders Decorated, Evening Post, Volume XCI, Issue 29, 4 February 1916, Page 8. LONDON, 3rd February. The King decorated Corporal Bassett with the Victoria Cross, and Captain Shera (Auckland), Lieut, Turnbull (Wanganui), and Lieut. Bishop (Clutha) with the Military Cross. The New Zealanders' Band from Hornchurch escorted the heroes from Buckingham Palace to the Windsor Hotel. Victoria-street was thronged. Sir Thomas Mackenzie gave them a luncheon, at which Lady Hardwicke and 800 convalescent New Zealanders were present. Sir Thomas Mackenzie, in toasting the heroes, said it was amazing that the New Zealanders and Australians had not received greater honours for their glorious part in the strenuous and sanguinary fighting at Gallipoli. .... AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM


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10 February 2018Don Perth, Western AustraliaResearcher
22 August 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher
09 June 2017AmeliaWellington, NZResearcher
24 August 2016GraceWaitakereOther relative

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