Baskeyfield House, Middleport

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is working closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to build the new extra care accommodation in Slater Street, Middleport, alongside 28 family homes.

Baskeyfield House, which will comprise 80 extra care apartments for over 55s, will take its name from Lance Sergeant John Baskeyfield, a Burslem-born artillery gunner with the South Staffordshire Regiment who died fighting off German tanks at the ill-fated Battle of Arnhem in 1944.

Baskeyfield was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross – Britain’s highest gallantry medal – for his bravery in the battle, during which he single-handedly operated an anti-tank gun battery to force back enemy armoured vehicles.

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