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Private James Casey

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James Desmond Casey

Ancestor's date of birth: 19/05/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1962

Cause of Death: Natural causes

Service Number: 118

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Lancefield

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War Service

Murray Page: 262

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: QSA and 3 clasps CC/RHOD/SA01

Personal Characteristics: A quietly spoken and gentle man. A non-drinker with deep family affections. Loved going to the horse racing.

Reasons to go and fight: Queen and Country

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal under Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901); and garrison duty in Rhodesia.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Victoria on the Morayshire arriving Melbourne 5/6/1901, and was discharged on 30/6/1901.   Joined the Metropolitan Fire Brigade on his return from active service, and served until his retirement at age 65.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Brian Desmond Casey, Frankston VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson



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