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1959-1968

Gallery by - Nelson Bassett - DCLI - SCLI - LI

Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry

Private to RSM

Died 13th November 2016

 

WO1 Nelson "Nellie" Bassett 1Bn The Light Infantry

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There are quite a few pictures of Nelson scattered through the web pages, I remember him best as an athlete in 1960 which he still tries his hand at, how I wish I had been quicker with my camera at reunion 2006 !

Nelson now lives near Portsmouth and regularly finds pictures which he passes to me, he keeps in close touch with his pals and enjoys his golf.

On his death I received a letter from Brigadier Alastair Fyfe telling me more details of Nellies army career. It is a letter from a highly respected senior officer written with genuine compassion for a fellow soldier, Alastair has given me his permission to reproduce it here.

I was very saddened to hear about the death of WO1 (RSM) Nelson Bassett. I had known him since his early years in Osnabruck and watched his progress through the NCO and WO ranks with great interest. It was no surprise to me that he eventually reached the ‘top of the tree’. He was RSM of 1 LI when I took over command from (then) Lt Col Makepeace-Warne in Cyprus. In fact, he handed over as RSM to Bill Stevenson just a few weeks after I took command. I think Nelson’s last parade with the Battalion was the UN Medals Parade which took place in Nicosia on 7th March 1980. This was, for him, a memorable and fitting occasion on which to leave the Battalion. He was then posted to 18 Platoon Cadet Training Team (CTT) in Plymouth.

In fact, after the Battalion returned to Tidworth, Nellie was invited back from Plymouth and was given a final Farewell by All Ranks of the Battalion and the families. He was drawn in a boat through Lucknow Barracks, dressed, as his name suggests, as Admiral Lord Nelson, including an eye patch, uniform, sword and only one arm!

On a more serious note, I always felt that his farewell message, published in the WOs and Sjts Mess notes of the Silver Bugle magazine (Spring 1980), suitably summed up what Nelson thought about his career and life with the Regiment:
“Remember it takes more than one to build a family, and this is one family I shall truly miss”.

Nelson Bassett will be remembered by a wide spectrum of the Regiment with esteem and great respect. There cannot be many who have made such a lasting impact within the Regiment as he has done. His memory will, I am sure, live on.

Alastair Fyfe.

 

Gallery

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Click to enlarge - 'Light Infantry Soldiers' meet up in Hampshire - L to R - Nelson Bassett - Mike Rescorle - Stephen Taylor. ( Nelson was DCLI - SCLI - LI - Mike was SCLI - LI - Stephen was SCLI - LI.

This picture has been sent by Nelson Bassett, it was taken in the Sgt's Mess at Hong Kong, left to right - Peter Luxton, Nelson Bassett, Johnny Brister - all Ex SCLI
 
WO1 Nelson "Nellie" Bassett 1Bn The Light Infantry
 
John Duddart – Aberdeen & RSM Nelson Bassett in Hong Kong.
Bob Bogan & Nelson Bassett - 2006
Insepparable Pals, Fred & Nellie - 2006
Nelson Bassett, Annegret, Bob Bogan - 2007
Nelson has his arm in sling, fell off a ladder
Nellie in Flight - Osnabruck 1959
?, Nelson Bassett, Annegret Burford - 2007
My son invited me to a Regimental dinner on the 19th Jan, what a great night - Colour Sgt. "Nelly" Bassett (Jnr) with his Father Ex RSM Nelson "Nelly) Bassett at 3rd Rifles Redford Barracks Edinburgh.

This picture aboveof Father & Son epitomises what Reunion is all about - we all know who they are and what they have achieved, but I thought a superb picture taken by Dave Smith at 2009 SCLI Reunion.

Berlin 1963
Three Corporals - 9 pl "C" Company SCLI -L to R, Cpl Luxton, Cpl Bassett, Cpl Watkin.
Fast Forward 46 years

50th Anniversary of the SCLI at Wells 2009, some 46 years later and 105 years of service - Major P Luxton MBE, WO1 N. Bassett, L.Col. G Watkin MBE

Copyright Images: Nelson Bassett

 

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