Sub-Lieutenant Anthony Hastings Bassett, 885 Naval Air Squadron

June 6, 2020

 

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.

 

 

 

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