Details

Title
Forename Basil Saunders
Surname Beazley
Rank Major
Regiment Royal Engineers
Age 28
Death Killed in action
Place of Death Western Europe > Sicily
Date of Death 10/07/1943
Year of Entry 1928
Social H
School Notes
Comments Rowed for the British VIII which won at the Empire Games, 1938
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Link http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2066049
Unit 9th (Airborne) Field Company
Prefect
Military Decorations Mentioned in despatches
Sport Athletics; Rowing
Album Number 21
Battle
Previous Regiment
Burial or Cemetery Italy > Syracuse, Sicily
Citations
Archives Correspondence file in OR files in Radley Archives
Post School Faraday House
Prep School
Prisoner of War
Radlein Obituary November 21 1943. On July 10th, 1943, killed in action, Basil Saunders Beazley, Major, R.E. (Smale's. H, J92~-32). Basil Beazley's death comes as a great shock to all his contemporaries. He made many friends both at Radley and in the subsequent years when he distinguished himself so much in the rowing world. An early accident on the Rugger field turned his energies to other activities. He became a first class athlete and won the half-mile two years in succcssion. He was 1st VIII cox in 1929, rowed in the VIlI in 1931 and stroked it in 1932. When he left to go to Faraday House his success continued. He rowed for many good London Rowing Club crews and was a member of the winning Head of the River crew in I935. But perhaps his greatest achievement was that of rowing in the winning British VIlI at the Empire Games in 1938. As a Major of an Airborne Field Company he took part in the invasion of Sicily. With a few of his Sappers and a handful of infantry he managed to reach an important bridge near Syracuse where he was killed instantaneously by an Italian machine gun. Our deep sympathy goes out to his brother Derek, and to his parents whom we used to see so often at Radley.
Service Number 126365
Place of Birth