EAST HADDON HISTORY SOCIETY Northamptonshire, England



Brother of James Edward Baskott, also killed in WW1, and also commemmorated on East Haddon War Memorial.

The son of Walter and Elizabeth Baskott, of East Haddon, Edward worked as a gardener.  

He is described in war records as “a native of Rugby”, so it is possible that he was living in Rugby at the time of his joining the army. Having joined the Royal Fusiliers 34th Battalion as Private, he was later transferred to the 101st Labour Corps.  It is unclear what work was involved, but he died on 14/15th May, 1918, age 23 from gas poisoning.

He lies buried in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension near to Rouen. This was away from the centre of activities in the war, but was a major centre for wounded, so it is possible that he was there being treated for the results of gas poisoning.

Rank:                Private

Service No:      54685