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Entry for Private Arthur Basketfield
2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers
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Arthur Oliver Basketfield, son of William and Mary, was born in Coleshill in March 1897. He worked as a ‘waggoner boy’ before enlisting into the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers in 1915. At the time of his enlistment in lived at 24 Coventry Road, Coleshill. Private Basketfield (service number G/15389) was killed on 27 October 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Coleshill Chronicle 11th November 1916 THE LATE A. O. BASKETFIELD KILLED BY A SHELL The following letter was received by Mrs W. Basketfield, Coventry Road, Coleshill, on Sunday morning last, from the Field Post Office, France:- 2nd Royal Fusiliers, B.E.F. Dear Mrs Basketfield, - I write with deep regret to inform you that your son, Private A. O. Basketfield (15389), of this battalion, lost his life on October 27th. The part of the trench line where he was was very heavily shelled by the enemy, and one shell burst right in the trench, killing your son and some others immediately. There could have been no moment of pain for him. The battalion miss your boy, for he had won a name and place for himself, and was doing well. He will not easily be replaced, and to you his loss will be irreparable indeed. Please accept my warmest sympathy, and that of this battalion. Your boy was buried where he died, and a careful record of the place is being kept. All his personal belongings will be forwarded on to you. Yours respectfully, CYRIL MANNE, C.F. The deceased joined the army when he was seventeen years of age. After his training he was sent out to France, and has been abroad about fifteen months. He has been to Salonica, the Dardanelles, the Gallipoli Peninsula, Egypt, and back to France, where he gave his life for his country.
Coleshill Chronicle 11th November 1916 DEATHS BASKETFIELD – In memory of our dear son, Arthur Oliver Basketfield, who was killed in action in France, October 27th, 1916; age 20 next birthday. Mr and Mrs Basketfield wish to thank all friends for their kind sympathy to them in their sad loss.
Coleshill Chronicle 27th October 1917 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM BASKETFIELD – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte. Arthur Oliver (Curly) Basketfield, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action October 27th 1916, aged 19 years. Somewhere in France our dear one lies, In a grave we can never see, On Britain’s roll of honour There we know his name will be. -Sadly missed by Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters, and Brother-in-law.