Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett, VC, was a New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was the only soldier serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to be awarded the VC in the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. Born in Auckland, Bassett was a bank worker when the World War began.
About Cyril Bassett in brief
Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett, VC, was a New Zealand recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was the only soldier serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to be awarded the VC in the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. Born in Auckland, Bassett was a bank worker when the World War began. He volunteered for service abroad with NZEF and was posted to New Zealand Divisional Signal Company as a sapper. During the Battle of Chunuk Bair he performed the actions that led to his award of the VC. Medically evacuated due to sickness shortly after the battle, he later served on the Western Front and finished the war as a second lieutenant. Bassett returned to the banking profession but was recalled to active duty during the Second World War and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. When he retired from his banking career he became a justice of the peace in Devonport. He died in 1983 at the age of 91 and is buried in Auckland’s Mount Eden Cemetery, next to his wife Harriet, née Powley, a former member of the New Zealander’s Territorial Force.
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