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Gallery by - Nelson Bassett - DCLI - SCLI - LI
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.