Fred Farmer BASSETT

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BASSETT, Fred Farmer

Service Number: 3114
Enlisted: 1 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Willunga, South Australia, 12 April 1894
Home Town: St Peters, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: St Peters Public School
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Died of Illness (Cerebro Spinal Fever), Medical Hospital, Devonport, England, 10 March 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery
Grave #4937
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, National War Memorial (South Australia), St Peters Heroes Memorial, St Peters O5 All Souls Church*, StPetersO9*, Willunga Cheer Up Society Pictorial HB, Willunga War Memorial - WWI and WWII*
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World War 1 Service

1 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3114, 50th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3114, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Adelaide
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3114, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1

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Biography

Son of Frederick Farmer BASSETT and Alice Mary nee PETTINGER

"LATE PTE. F. F. BASSETT.

The late Pte. F. F. Bassett was the youngest son of Mrs. Bassett, of Walkerville road, St. Peters. He was employed in the warehouse of Messrs. Matthew Goode & Co. from the time he left school until he enlisted. He was closely associated for several years with All Souls' Church, St. Peters, and was a member of the choir, as well as a teacher in the Sunday school. The quiet strength of his personality was felt wherever he went, and he was beloved by a large circle of friends. He enlisted in October last, and left for England in December, 1916. He died of meningitis in Devonport Hospital, England, on March 10. He was 23 years of age." - from the Adelaide Observer 21 Apr 1917 (nla.gov.au)

"...3114 Private Fred Farmer Bassett, 50th Battalion. A warehouseman from St Peters, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 8th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 16 December 1916 aboard HMAT Berrima (A35) for Devonport, England. Two days before arriving in Devonport he was admitted to the ship’s hospital with acute influenza. On arrival at Devonport he was transferred to the Military Hospital where the diagnosis was confirmed as cerebro-spinal meningitis. Pte Bassett died of this disease on 10 March 1917 and is buried in the Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery. He was aged 22 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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