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Patrick CASEY

Regimental number490
Place of birthWauchope New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBeantree, Kyogle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Patrick Casey, Kyogle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2.3 years in the 4th Australian Light Horse, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name2nd Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/7/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Light Horse Regiment
FateKilled in Action 14 May 1915
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 2), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 192 Pte John Thomas VIDLER, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 15 November 1918.
Other details

War service: embarked from Brisbane for overseas service, 24 September 1914. Proceeded from Alexandria, Egypt, to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 9 May 1915.

Missing in action, 13-14 May 1915. 2nd Light Horse Regiment Court of Enquiry, 15 May 1915, concluded 'Reasonable to suppose killed'. Evidence from witnesses stated that 'On May 12th, 1915, at Quinn's Post, Gallipoli, in a charge against enemy trenches, Casey went out and did not come back. No news of him afterwards reached informant whether killed or wounded and prisoner. The charge was a dangerous one and failed'; and, from another witness, 'Casey arrived at Gallipoli on 14.5.15. C Squadron was detailed for a midnight charge at Quinn's Post. Casey went out with the squadron, and was killed between the trenches with many others, including Major Graham, the O.C.'.

A further Court of Enquiry was held at Rouen, France, between 3 and 5 September 1917, Major J.D. Donelly presiding. It concluded that Casey was 'killed in action on or about 14 May 1915'. Its findings were confirmed by Lieutenant-General W.R. Birdwood on 13 September 1917.

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

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