Service number 186255
Born: May 5th 1909
Died: June 24th 1944
Basil was born in London. He was the youngest child of Dr Hugh Roubiliac Roger-Smith M.D., MRCS, LRCP and his wife Dorothy Eugenia Woodd. They lived at 1 College Terrace, Fitzjohn’s Avenue, London NW. He had an older brother and sister.
He was educated at Gresham’s School, Holt and Matriculated in 1927. He graduated with a 4th in History in 1930.
He married Winifred Dabell early in 1939. She had been born in Batoum in Georgia where her father was a petroleum engineer. They had one son born in Bridgnorth Shropshire in 1942.
Basil was gazetted on May 20th 1941 to the North Staffordshire Regiment.
He was a Captain serving with the Burma Intelligence Corps when he died, suddenly, of heat exhaustion on June 24th 1944.
He is buried in the Karachi War Cemetery Plot 8. D. 7.and is commemorated on a War Memorial plaque in the church at Ockley, Surrey where his parents lived.
Lighting was installed in this church
to the glory of God and in memory of the men of this parish
who gave their lives in the war 1939 - 45.
CHARLES LE STEER
"We will remember them”
On September 21st 1946, his wife and son sailed to Port Said on the Strathmore. There were a number of women and children with army welfare assistants on the same ship. It is likely that they were visiting the graves of their husbands. The manifest shows their address as The Hatch, Bridgnorth.
Basil’s brother, Raymond, died in Durban on August 7th 1942, after a long illness.