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796: Sgt James Cassells (certificates; photographs)

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posted on 2024-01-12, 10:52 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

Sergeant James Cassels, the grandfather of Professor Ronnie Mulryne, joined the British Army in September 1914. He joined up as a volunteer, belonging to the Ulster Volunteer Force, and may have done so in response to an appeal. He was born in 1891 in Belfast, so was 23 at the time.

In June 1917, he lost an eye during the Battle of Messines and was therefore "honourably discharged", or invalided out, to Clopton House War Hospital in Stratford-upon-Avon. Between joining up and his discharge he had been promoted to a sergeant.

History

Name of contributor(s)

Professor Ronnie Mulryne

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Sgt James Cassells

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

1914-1917; 06/1017

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

Various locations on the Western Front, including Messines.

Object(s)

A certificate of joining; a certificate of discharge; various photographs.

Community Collection Day

Our Lady's School, Abingdon (09/03/18)

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