Forthcoming events

Tues 27th March 2018 at 10.00am William Borlase School chapel, Marlow

Booking required due to space constraints

2nd Lieutenant Basil Horsfall VC

Basil Arthur Horsfall, VC was born in Colombo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1887 to Maria and Charles William Horsfall, the youngest of four brothers. Along with all three of his elder brothers, he was educated at St Thomas' College in Ceylon and then at William Borlase's School in Marlow.

After completing his education at Borlase from 1903 to 1905, he worked briefly at Barclay’s Bank in London. On his return to Ceylon he first took up rubber planting. Later he was appointed as a Financial Assistant in the Public Works Department of the Civil Service. He also qualified in signalling and searchlight operation in the Ceylon Engineer Volunteers.

Following the outbreak of the Great War he was refused enlistment in the British Army for two years because of his status as a volunteer. Finally he was allowed to come to England where he followed an older brother into the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in December 1916. He was transferred to the 11th Battalion in October 1917 after injury and a spell of recuperation in a hospital in England. He won his VC in France in March 1918 during an action to stem a massive German offensive near Arras for his extreme bravery despite having been wounded. The citation for the award is attached. He died on the afternoon of the 27th March and his body was never found.

On the 27th March 2018 the Marlow Remembers WW1 Association and Borlase School will hold a commemoration of Basil Horsfall at the school. The service in the school chapel will begin at 10AM followed by a show of exhibits and archive material prepared by the Association and by students at the school. Because of space constraints this is not a public event. However if you are interested in coming along please contact Belinda Ford on