Basil Arthur Lockley was born on the 8th of March, 1893. His parents were Basil and Mary Lockley and before the war he worked as a farmworker. On enlistment he joined the Auckland Regiment and left for Europe.
The Auckland Regiment took over the "l'Epinette" sector on the 14th of May 1916. He served as a Lance Corporal in the Second Battalion which was holding lines near Houplines, just north-east of Armentiers. Casualties in the line were constant, even when there were no battles or raids going on and he died on active service on the 24th of June 1916. He was aged 23,and was buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery Armentieres , Block II Row B Grave12.