Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private Herbert Basketfield
11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
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Herbert Basketfield, elder brother of Arthur and William, was born in Shustoke in 1892. Enlisting in 1914, Private Basketfield served in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and Leicester Regiment before being transferred to 11 battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (service number 55599). He was killed on 27 October 1918, exactly 24 months after his brother Arthur and 12 months after his brother William. He is buried at Tezze British cemetery in Italy. The Coleshill Chronicle reported that Private Basketfield’s mother received a letter from E.J.Wells, regimental chaplain, stating: I want to assure you of my very earnest sympathy in the sad death of your son... ...on the 27 October. We waded through the Piave river and were creeping under the barbed wire when we came under heavy machine-gun fire. "B" Company rushed on at once, and soon the position was captured, and many prisoners taken, but Captain Stirling and many others were lying dead. Among them your son was one. I found his body shortly afterwards. We buried all who died together there two days later on the river bank, and I hope it may be possible to erect a monument there as a memorial to the gallant men who gave their lives to win the last battle, which has proved so great a victory, and help bring back peace to the world. God will reward them for their deeds, and may He comfort you in your sorrow.
Coleshill Chronicle 23rd November 1918 DIED FROM WOUNDS Mr and Mrs Basketfield, Coventry Road, Coleshill, received an intimation on November 20th that their son Pte. Herbert Basketfield, 11th Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on October 27th, 1918, in Italy. His brother was killed on the same date last year. This is the third son Mr and Mrs Basketfield have lost in the war, and he is sadly mourned by his father, mother, sisters and brothers.
Coleshill Chronicle 1st November 1919 DEATHS IN MEMORIAM BASKETFIELD – In loving memory of our dear sons, Arthur Oliver, killed in action October 27th, 1915; also William Ernest, killed October 11th, 1916, in France; Bert, who was killed after wading through the Piave, in Italy, October 27th, 1917. They sleep beside their comrades, In soldiers’ graves unknown; But their names are written in letters of love, In the home that they tried to save. -Never forgotten by Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers.