Francis Cassels

First Name: 
Francis
Last Name: 
Cassels
Alternate Spelling: 
Cassells
Mother's Name: 
Caroline Cassels
Father's Name: 
Francis Cassels
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, November 18, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
11th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Tuesday, June 20, 1950
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

Francis Cassels (Service No 7226) was born in Lithgow, N.S.W. around 1882.  The family moved around a lot and were living in Woonona, N.S.W. in the 1880s.

At enlistment Francis was single, 33 years old, worked as a miner and lived at Ora Banda, Western Australia.  He enlisted at Blackboy Hill, W.A., and embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 29th January 1917, with 11th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement.

He arrived in England on 27th March 1917 and joined 11th Battalion in the field on 11th September 1917.  Francis was wounded in action on 20th September 1917 and evacuated to hospital for treatment of a gun shot wound to his face.  He was back on duty on 15th October 1917 and served on the Western Front until the end of the war.

He was returned to Australia in April 1919, and discharged medically unfit on 18th July 1919.

In 1924 Francis married Mary Boyle in Sydney.  He died in Sydney in 1950.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, CASSELS F

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