CEF Soldier Detail

Major William Archer Casey
Died: September 8, 1916

Regimental Number:
16843
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
7th Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Fingal, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
F. B. Casey. c/o J. D. Pemberton, Victoria, British Columbia
Address at Enlistment:
likely Victoria, BC
Date of Birth:
April 14, 1887
Trade or Calling:
Civil Engineer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 23, 1914
Age at enlistment:
27
Height:
5 Feet 10 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Presbyterian
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
September 8, 1916
Age at Death:
29
Buried at:
Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
1. K. I.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1562-30
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes

7th Battalion Nominal Roll

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Major Canadian Infantry 7th Battalion
Captain Canadian Infantry 7th Battalion
Company Commander Canadian Infantry 7th Battalion
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 7th Battalion
Sergeant Canadian Infantry 7th Battalion F Company

Prior service with Earl Grey's Own Rifles, Prince Rupert, one year; and, as a Sergeant (1913) with 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers. Son of George E., MP for West Elgin, and S. I. Casey. Born at Fingal, Ontario.

Attended Upper Canada College (see Prince Rupert Daily News online archive, Oct. 17, 1916 and Jan. 17, 1917).

First Prince Rupert City Engineer; a Prince Rupert Pioneer who worked on the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. He came from Ontario to Prince Rupert with Joel Pillsbury when he was 18 years old and stayed for five years.

Left for the Front in the First Contingent.

Circumstances of Casualty, 1914-1918:  "Killed in Action.  About 9 pm on Septemer 8th, 1916, he was taking a platoon of his Company to the front line trenches to connect up with another company there, when he was shot through the head by a bullet from the rifle of an enemy sniper, and instantly killed.  South of Pozieres."