Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1944, Sub-Lieutenant Anthony Hastings Bassett, 885 Naval Air Squadron, was killed in action during Operation Overlord.
One of a family of four children, he excelled at school equally in academics and sports. He was described as tenacious and consistent in whatever he undertook, with a zest for life and a sensitive spirit. He joined the Home Guard in 1940, the Reading University Air. On the day of his death he had flown a Supermarine Seafire from H.M.S. Daedalus at Lee-on-the-Solen in Hampshire, and was shot down over Hermanville-sur-Mer in France.
Sub-Lieutenant Bassett lies buried in the Hermanville War Cemetery at Calvados in France, and on his headstone are the words: “Whatever hope was yours, was my life also”. There is a plaque in his memory at Saint Columba’s Church in Omagh, County Tyrone, his mother’s home town – it contains a quote from Horatio Nelson: “England expects that every man this day will do his duty”
Anthony, from Reading in Berkshire, was 21 years old.