Lance SerjeantBASKEYFIELD, JOHN DANIEL

Service Number 5057916

Died 20/09/1944

Aged 22

2nd (Airborne) Bn.
South Staffordshire Regiment

V C

Son of Daniel and Minnie Baskeyfield, of Stanfields, Stoke-on-Trent.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 23rd November, 1944, gives the following details

On 20th September, 1944, during the Battle of Arnhem, Lance-Sergeant Baskeyfield was the N.C.O. in charge of a 6-pounder anti-tank gun at Oosterbeek. During the early stages of a heavy enemy attack, the crew commanded by this N.C.O. were responsible for the destruction of two Tiger tanks and at least one self-propelled gun, thanks to his coolness in allowing each tank to come well within 100 yards of his gun before opening fire. Lance-Serjeant Baskeyfield was badly wounded and the remainder of his crew were either killed or severely wounded, he refused to be carried away from his post, and when the attack was renewed he manned his gun alone and fired round after round until his gun was put out of action. His activity was the main factor in keeping the German tanks at bay, and his example and his courage were responsible for keeping together and in action the surviving men in his vicinity. When his gun was knocked out, he crawled to another nearby which was left without a crew, and succeeded in putting out of action another self-propelled gun before being killed. Lance-Serjeant Baskeyfield's supreme gallantry is beyond praise. During the remaining days at Arnhem stories of his valour were a constant inspiration to all ranks.

Commemorated at GROESBEEK MEMORIAL

Location: Gelderland, Netherlands
Number of casualties: 1021

Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 5.


Memorial details

CWGC Archives

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