Edward John CASBEY

Regimental number12/985
Date of birth25 November 1887
Place of birthNgaruawahia
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address54 Vincent Street, Auckland
Marital statusSingle
Height5' 5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs D Reid, Mount Eden, Auckland
Previous military serviceNil
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Discharge date23 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria, 3 December 1914.

Underwent tonsillectomy, 3 February 1915.

Joined unit at Gallipoli, 8 May 1915.

Admitted to hospital, Malta, 10 August 1915. Transferred to England; discharged from hospital, 16 October 1915; arrived at NZ Depot, Weymouth, 8 November 1915.

Admitted to 2nd NZ General Hospital, Hornchurch, 11 January 1916; admitted to Depot Hospital, Hornchurch, 8 February 1916 (venereal disease); found guilty, Hornchurch, 19 February 1916, of being absent from 9.45 pm Roll Call: awarded 2 days' confined to barracks discharged from venereal hospital, 16 March 1916.

Admitted to Depot Hospital, Hornchurch, 24 April 1916 (venereal disease); discharged same day.

Admitted to Depot Hospital, Hornchurch, 24 June 1916 (venereal disease).

Proceeded overseas to France from Sling Camp, 20 August 1916; joined 2nd Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 31 August 1916.

Found guilty, 13 October 1917, of paying a visit to Poperinghe without a pass, and on a visit to Poperinghe being improperly dressed (no proper belt): awarded 7 day' Field Punishment No 2.

Found guilty, 11 June 1918, of drunkenness: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 2 and fined 5/-.

Found guilty, 28 June 1918, of absent from billets after 9.30 pm: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Found guilty, Codford, 20 January 1919, of while on Active Service being absent without leave from 2345, 20 January, to 2000, 25 January 1919: awarded forfeiture of 10 days' pay.

Commenced return to New Zealand on board HT 'Ajana', 7 February 1919; discharged, 23 April 1919.

Total war service: 4 years 428 days (of which 4 years 162 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body. Note: File in very bad condition: most of it illegible.
Date of death15 January 1967 Auckland
Age at death79
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805

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