Bassett is a suburb and electoral ward of the City of Southampton, and lies to the north of the city centre and is largely residential. The memorial is yet another “spotted by accident” and this one I saw as we went past it, and I was hunkering to get pics of it although it was too far away to walk to. It stands on the pavement in Bassett Avenue, and is easily missed. It is a World War 1 Memorial, and I could not quite see what the significance was, although I do expect it will tie into Southampton Docks. I do believe that there were transit camps in this area and soldiers heading for the docks would often be based here before they left.
The memorial is also known as the Bassett Cross, and may be described as:
“BASE SURMOUNTED BY TAPERED PLINTH, SHAFT AND CELTIC WHEEL CROSS. Inscription: 6 O’CLOCK FACE: 1914 – 1918 / REMEMBER BEFORE GOD / THE GALLANT MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US / IN THE GREAT WAR / AND THOSE MANY OTHERS / WHO MARCHED PAST THIS SPOT / AND DIED IN THE SAME CAUSE 3 AND 9 O’CLOCK FACE: (NAMES)” https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/21591
There are names on either side of the memorial, and these are available on request. I created a community for the Bassett War Memorial at Lives of the First World War.
The Google Earth Co-ordinates are 50.941054°, -1.406979°
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