Allan Sidney Phillips BASEY DCM

BASEY, Allan Sidney Phillips

Service Number: 1828
Enlisted: 30 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Stirling West, South Australia, 19 February 1892
Home Town: Goodwood, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Hahndorf Academy
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Natural causes, Heidelberg, Victoria, 8 September 1962, aged 70 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
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Memorials: Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4), North Hobart Friends' School Honour Roll, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

30 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1828, Adelaide, South Australia
5 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1828, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
5 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1828, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
1 Aug 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 1828, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres
30 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 1828, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, Polygon Wood, GSW (abdomen and head)
6 Nov 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 13th Field Artillery Brigade
9 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant

Distinguished Conduct Medal citation

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. By a daring and skilful personal reconnaissance he found cover for his gun team in a forward position and assisted his officer to bring the gun into action, although wounded in the left arm. The whole operation was carried on under intense and accurate hostile fire of every description, and it was largely due to his splendid pluck and resource that the officer was successful in getting his gun into action. – Australian Gazette no 76 dated 23rd May 1918

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Following education a Hahndorf College and the Firends School, Hobart, ASP Basey worked on his borhter Howard's fruit block and in the accountant's office at Renmark.  There, he took up a returned soldier's block after distinguished service in World War I.  Poor returns during the Depression forced Allan Basey to find employment with the electrical engineering contracting firm Newton, McLaren Ltd. in Adelaideand Melbourne.  Still yearning for some closer connections with the land, Allan then became manager of the Woorinen Fruitgrowers' Co-operative near Swan Hill, in Victoria before retiring to Melbourne in 1957.  

Allan Basey married Nancy Cutlack, whose brother Fred Cutlack was war correspondent attached to Sir John MOnash during World War I.  

As a youth ASP Basey was a keen tennis player for the SA State teams and later took up golf.  He was the first President of the Renmark RSL sub-branch.  while working for Newton, McLaren, Allan conducted an evening musical programme on commercial radio to advertise the firm.

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Son of Frederick BASEY and Lucy Sophia nee PHILLIPS