BASTERFIELD James Richard
Regiment : 97 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regiment Royal Artillery
Service number : 819024
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 14th November 1942 aged 29
Buried : Commemorated on Alamein Memorial Egypt, Column 39.
Relatives : Son of Ernest and Elizabeth Basterfield; husband of Gladys M. Basterfield, of Hasbury, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge Old Swinford Hospital School
Additional information on the memorial: Royal Artillery. Killed in action 14 November 1942. Age 28.
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
James Basterfield was born on 27th March 1914, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Basterfield of Halesowen, Worcestershire. He entered Old Swinford Hospital on 20th July 1921.
James Basterfield served 6 years in India in the army, his trade being a farrier. Placed on the reserve list at the end of his service, he was called up in August 1939. He was sent to France and was subsequently evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940. After a few days leave he returned to his unit which was later sent to Libya. At the fall of Torbruk in June 1942 he was reported missing, later being located as an Prisoner of War of the Italians. In November 1942, James Basterfield and around 800 other prisoners were being transferred between Italy and North Africa on a ship with no markings designating it as carrying prisoners of war. The ship was bombed as an enemy vessel by British action and subsequently sunk.
Source for additional information: Old Foleyans Remembered Casualties of WW II published by the Old Foleyans Association, October 1996