Diamond War Memorial Project

Private Samuel Casey

2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Regimental Number 3157
Born: ---- Died: 1915-03-10 Aged: 28 Enlisted: Glasgow, Scotland

Interred in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Name recorded on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of Hugh (born 1855/56 in Glasgow, and worked as a pipe maker circa 1901) and Margaret (born 1865/66, possibly died at Foyle Hill Hospital on April 16, 1919, and interred in Derry City Cemetery) Casey, St Columb's Wells, Derry. Brother of Hugh (born 1882/83, and worked as a shop porter circa 1901); Mary (born 1884/85, and worked as a factory hand circa 1901); James (born 1886/87, and worked as a newspaper boy circa 1901); Patrick (born 1889/90); Joseph (born 1891/92); Maggie (born 1893/94); and Elizabeth (born 1895/96).

Deceased left a wife, Margaret, who resided at 46, St Columb's Wells, Derry, and three children. At the time of Samuel Casey's death, a brother, Private James Casey, was serving in the 2nd Inniskillings with the British Expeditionary Force.

Writing to deceased's wife, Sergeant W. Mapother, who was in charge of Private Casey's platoon, said that Private Casey was greatly devoted to the duty of both God and King, that he did his duty in the trenches perfectly, and was looked upon by all his comrades as a brave soldier. One could not but admire his devotion to his religion, having attended to all his duties in this respect with strict regularity. Sergeant Mapother added that Casey was wounded beside him, and taken with the utmost despatch to hospital, where he peacefully passed away, after receiving the last rites of his Church. Sergeant Mapother expressed the deepest sympathy of himself and all his comrades. Accompanying this letter there was a brief note from Second Lieutenant Moore, deceased's platoon officer, who, in a few appreciative lines, said Private Casey would be much missed and would be continually in the men's thoughts. He was very popular with his platoon, and always wore a cheery face.