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William Loftus Cassidy

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  • William Loftus Cassidy was born in Dongal Ireland, 4th son of Rev Frederick and Martha Cassidy (Nee Hamilton).

    On 22 January William who was in the Armed Constabulary married Kate Wagstaff at Hawera. They gave their usual residence as Opunake. Their daughter Alice Beryl (known as Beryl) was born on 28 November 1884. Later Mrs Kate Cassidy lived in Manaia where she was a stationer, and died on 16 May 1937.

    William left Kate and had been 5 years in the Otago Hussars when he enrolled in 1900. On 8 April 1909 as Loftus Cassidy he married at Wanganui Annie Louisa Merritt. They were both living at Rangiwaea near Taihape. She had a daugher Phyllis on 20 September 1909 at Taihape. He pleaded guilty in the Wanganui Supreme Court on 21 September 1909 to bigamy "with extenuating circumstances", and was sentenced to 12 months in New Plymouth gaol, but probably did not serve it.

    An account in the Wanganui Herald dated 19 July 1938, DCM, quotes a veteran who says that Sergeant Cassidy by riding about under fire, and making a demonstration, cleverly suggested to the enemy that the supporing force was much larger than it actually was.

    He was also awarded the Humane Society medal for rescuing an officer, Lieutenant Findlay from drowning while the troops were fording the Hartbeast River at Kenhart Cape Colony. The Lieutenant was washed away by the current, and at great risk Private Cassidy went to his help and with much difficulty succeeded in landing him. AWMM
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    • Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Archives NZ: W5515|9|869 AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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