Lance-Sergeant John Baskeyfield VC
Greyhound Way/Pavilion Drive Roundabout,
Festival Retail Park,
Born in Burslem in 1922, Lance-Sergeant John Daniel Baskeyfield VC was recipient of the Victoria Cross. After being called up to the army in 1942, he served with the South Staffordshire Regiment, sought and died in the subsequent Battle of Arnhem in 1944, aged 21. The sculpture features Sergeant Baskeyfield in World War II uniform loading a cannon shell. He wears battle kit, including a helmet camouflaged with leaves, and has the stripes of a sergeant on his left sleeve. The sculpture conveys the strength and determination of those struggling midst the adversity of war.