Major William Archer Casey

Regimental Number:
16843
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
7th Battalion
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Enlistment Date:
September 23, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
27
Enlisted at:
Valcartier, Quebec
Address at Enlistment:
likely Victoria, BC
Civilian Occupation:
Civil Engineer
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
September 8, 1916
Age at Death:
29
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Burial:
Albert Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
1. K. I.
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
April 14, 1887
Next of Kin:
F. B. Casey. c/o J. D. Pemberton, Victoria, British Columbia
Place of Birth:
Fingal, Ontario
Country of Birth:
Canada
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Presbyterian
Height:
5 Feet 10 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
   
NAC Reference: ^1Box 1562-30
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Sergeant
Canadian Infantry
7th Battalion
F Company
Lieutenant
Canadian Infantry
7th Battalion
Company Commander
Canadian Infantry
7th Battalion
Captain
Canadian Infantry
7th Battalion
Major
Canadian Infantry
7th Battalion
Awards and Decorations
Notes

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."

Research Notes

7th Battalion Nominal Roll