Fred Farmer BASSETT

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 (SA), Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: St Peters Public School, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Warehouseman
Died: Cerebro Spinal Fever, Medical Hospital, Devonport, England, United Kingdom, 10 March 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery, Devon, England,
Grave 4937
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, St Peters All Souls Anglican Church Honour Board WW1, St Peters All Souls Anglican Church Stained Glass Window 'St. Michael', St Peters Heroes War Memorial, Willunga Cheer Up Society Pictorial Honour Board, Willunga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

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

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Brother of Aldam Pettinger Bassett, Harold  Pettinger Bassett and Janes Bailey Bassett

Medal: British War Medal

Previously served in the Cadets

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 10th March.... Private Fred Farmer Bassett was born in 1894 at Willunga, South Australia. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 24th October, 1916 as a 22 year old, single, Warehouseman from St. Peters, South Australia.

Private Fred Farmer Bassett embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Berrima (A35) on 16th December, 1916 with the 8th Reinforcements & disembarked at Devonport, England on 16th February, 1917. Private Bassett had been admitted to the Ship’s Hospital on 13th February, 1917 until 17th February, 1917 when he was transferred – originally listed as Influenza then crossed out & replaced with Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

Private Fred Farmer Bassett was admitted to Devonport Military Hospital on 18th February, 1917 C.S.M. Fever & was listed as dangerously ill.
Private Fred Farmer Bassett died at 1.25 pm on 10th March, 1917 at Military Hospital, Devonport, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis.

Private Fred Farmer Bassett was buried on 15th March, 1917 in Efford Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon, England where 48 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)



Son of Frederick Farmer BASSETT and Alice Mary nee PETTINGER


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 (

"...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 (