All my mates got were wooden crosses (Oil on Canvas 24″ x 36″)
Entered into the Gallipoli Art Prize, March- April 2015, Sydney Australia.
“All my mates got were wooden crosses” (Oil on Canvas 24″ x 36″), was selected as a finalist in the Gallipoli Art Competition to be held at the Gallipoli Memorial Club in Sydney Australia from 23 April- 4 May 2015.
(**This work has been sold**)
“No. 4/515 Private Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett, New Zealand Divisional Signal Company. For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the Chunuk Bair ridge in the Gallipoli Peninsula on 8th August, 1915. After the New Zealand Infantry Brigade had attacked and established itself on the ridge, Private Bassett, in full daylight and under a continuous and heavy fire, succeeded in laying a telephone line from the old position to the new one on Chunuk Bair. He has subsequently been brought to notice for further excellent and most gallant work connected with the repair of telephone lines by day and night under heavy fire.”
—The London Gazette, No. 29238, 15 October 1915
Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett landed at ANZAC cove on April 25th 1915 with the First New Zealand Divisional Signal Company. He served with courage and distinction at Gallipoli- many times braving heavy fire to repair and lay telephone wires between old and new positions. On the 8th of August when he won his V.C, he had bullets pass through his tunic collar, one through the pocket, and a spent bullet lodged into his boot. His mate in front of him was killed and the one behind wounded.
He later said upon receiving his V.C from King George V was his only regret was that all his comrades who had equally done their part were not honoured with him;
“All my comrades who had seen and done things that could never be surpassed by anyone- yet only one V.C. All my mates got were wooden crosses”
On ANZAC day 1956 he planted a seedling from the lone pine in Gallipoli outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum as an everlasting link to Gallipoli and to provide remembrance to the sacrifices made by all those involved.
Lieutenant Colonel Cyril Royston Guyton Bassett- New Zealand’s first Victoria Cross winner and my great uncle passed away in January 1983… six months before I was born.
This work will be on permanent display at the Gallipoli Memorial Club in Sydney, Australia
Oil on Canvas 24" x 36" (609mm x 962mm)
Chosen Finalist for the "Gallipoli Memorial Club Art Award". On permanent display at the Gallipoli Memorial Club, Sydney, Australia
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