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Matthew Richard CASSIDY

Regimental number1058
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
Other NamesMathew Richard
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPlumber
AddressHampton Street, Croydon Park, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMiss M Cassidy, Hampton Street, Croydon Park, New South Wales
Enlistment date6 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3, Section 2
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


For conspicuous bravery in superintending the burying of a cable near "Y" Wood, under heavy shell fire, both with HE and mustard gas.
Recommendation date: 23 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 15 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the night of the 13/14th September near WESTHOEK this N.C.O. [4892 H. ELLIS] with Sapper CASSIDY, superintended the burying of cable at I.12.c., near 'Y' WOOD. On two occasions the party was heavily shelled, both with HE and mustard gas. Sergeant ELLIS and Sapper CASSIDY remained fully exposed through-out the jointing of the cable and the repairing of the breaks. By the personal courage and absolute disregard of danger displayed, he set a fine example to the digging party.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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