I MET ELVIS PRESLEY
SAYS CORNISH MAN
By BBC Cornwall
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Like many young men in the '50s Cornishman Grenville Bassett had to do his National Service.

At the same time, in America, another young man was preparing to join the army for the mandatory two
years.

While in Germany the Cornishman and American's paths would cross, just once, and only briefly. But it was
to be a special moment for Grenville.

He bumped into possibly the most famous soldier of the time, Elvis Presley.

Grenville had been told he was off to Berlin to take part in an important exercise.

He remembers: "We camped up for the night, then we had the exercise. I was driving an officer around. The
American forces were standing by the road. The whole convoy slowed up, and my officer pointed out Elvis
Presley and he came over and said 'Hi' to me.

"Having his helmet on and battle gear he looked quite different, but it was definitely the King."
The meeting was only brief as the convoy had to move on. "One of the biggest disappointments I had was not being able to spend more time with him.

"I never saw him again, but talking about it again now, it was like it happened yesterday."

Elvis and Grenville left the army around the same time.

Grenville went back to St Dennis where he spent many years working for ECLP, the English China Clay Company.

Elvis returned to Memphis to resume his movie and chart career.

That brief meeting with a superstar is something that has remained with Grenville Bassett for well over 50 years, those precious few seconds will never be
forgotten.

That certainly was the wonder of Elvis.