Born in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England, John received his call up papers to serve with the Anti-Tank Platoon, Support Company, 2nd Battalion The South Staffordshire Regiment, in February, 1942.
On the 20th September 1944 during the Battle of Arnhem, Lance Sergeant Baskeyfield was the NCO in charge of a six-pounder anti-tank gun at Oosterbeek. When their battalion was attacked Baskeyfield was badly wounded in the leg, and the rest of the crew were either killed or badly wounded. He refused an offer of transport to the Regimental Aid Post to stay at his gun and encouraging morale.
After a brief respite, Baskeyfield came under heavy fire again but he refused to cower. After crawling under enemy fire to another six-pounder gun, he was killed by a shell from a supporting enemy tank.
Lance-Sergeant Baskeyfield's body was never found, but there is a memorial statue of him at Festival Heights in Stoke-on-Trent which was erected in the early 1990s.
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Heavy fire was now being received from the direction of the attacks, and Baskeyfield was wounded in the leg, and the rest of gun crew either killed or badly wounded.
On 20th September, 1944, during the Battle of Arnhem, Lance-Sergeant Baskeyfield was the N.C.O. in charge of a 6-pounder anti-tank gun at Oosterbeek.
Lance-Sergeant Baskeyfield was badly wounded and the remainder of his crew were either killed or severely wounded, he refused to be carried away from his post, and when the attack was renewed he manned his gun alone and fired round after round until his gun was put out of action.
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