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Patrick CASSERLY

Regimental number954
Place of birthAthlone, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarm labourer and engine fitter
AddressAthlone, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M M Casserly, Athlone, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of chest)
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 20 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Motor Transport Section
FateReturned to Australia 6 October 1919
Discharge date16 March 1920
Other details

Admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, (bronchitis) (date not recorded); discharged to duty, 9 January 1916. Admitted to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 31 January 1916; discharged to unit, 9 February 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 2nd Division Ammunition Column, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Transferred to 5th Field Artillery Brigade, and posted to Brigade Ammunition Column, 29 April 1916. Transferred to 15th Battery, 1 May 1916; to 2nd Division Ammunition Column Sub-Park, 13 October 1916.

Found guilty, 30 November 1916, of (1) not being present to mount post at 2 pm whilst on duty as one of the guard on ammunition dump, 30 November 1916; (2) absent without leave from 11 am, 30 November, till 2 pm, 1 December 1916 (27 hours): awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay; total forfeiture: 7 days' pay.

Transferred to 1st Division Supply Column, 4 January 1917.

Found guilty, 29 April 1917, of being absent without leave from 8 pm, 26 April, to 1 pm, 27 April 1917 (17 hours): awarded 14 days' confined to barracks.

On leave, 10 July 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 23 July 1917.

Mustered as Driver, Motor Transport, 10 March 1917.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 1st Division Motor Transport Company, 12 March 1917.

On leave to Paris, 8 September 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 22 September 1919.!Deatched to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 30 October 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 5 December 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 6 March 1919; disembarked Weymouth, 18 march 1919.

Reported absent without leave, No 3 Group, Codford, 5 April 1919; returned from AWL, 6 April 1919: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 4 days' pay, 8 April 1919.

Granted period of Non-Military Employment with pay and subsistence, 16 June-16 September 1919 (motor enginnering, with Howard Wilson, 33 Acre Lane, Brixton, London; pay: 8/- per day; fees of £5.10.3.). Employer reported: 'This man received instruction in the repairing, running and general maintenance of all classes of cars. He made good progress and took a great interest in what he did. His conduct was all that could be desired.'

Found guilty, London, 27 September 1919, of being absent without leave from 10 am, 16 September, to 10 am, 27 September 1919: awarded forfeiture of 11 days' pay; total forfeiture: 22 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Pakeha', 6 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 November 1919; discharged, Melbourne, 16 March 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CASSERLY Patrick

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