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.