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James Francis CASEY

Regimental number401
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCasterton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Next of kinDaniel Casey, Casterton, Victoria
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Pioneer Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 5 Pnr Btn
Promotion date: 30 January 1918


Unit: 5 Pnr Btn
Promotion date: 9 June 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

FateReturned to Australia 30 April 1919

Military Medal

'In the Field near GUEUDCOURT on the night of 30th November, 1916, Sergeant CASEY was in charge of a working party in a front line communication trench. His party came under heavy shell fire which caused casualties. Sergeant CASEY by his disregard of personal danger and coolness inspired his men to continue working until their task was completed. he then ordered the men to take cover while he personally saw that the casualties were attended to by the stretcher bearers. Sergeant CASEY has shown conspicuous bravery on other occasions, particularly on the night of 19th/20th July, when he organized carrying parties of bombs and ammunition and personally led them to the captured positions, continuing to do so until the withdrawal to our original front line.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 116
Date: 25 July 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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