William Loftus CASSIDY

Male 1862 - 1938  (76 years)


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  • Name William Loftus CASSIDY 
    Born 1862  County Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Wool classer 
    Died 17 Jul 1938  Auckland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Biographical Notes
      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 [to serve in the Boer War]. 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 daughter 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 supporting 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. [1]
    Person ID I8392  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2011 

    Father Rev Frederick CASSIDY,   b. 6 Dec 1812, Magherafelt, County Derry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1890, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Martha BROWN,   b. Abt 1828, Bloody Foreland, County Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1899, Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married County Donegal, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5515  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1862 - County Donegal, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Wool classer - - New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 Jul 1938 - Auckland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S558] Auckland War Memorial Museum, (www.aucklandmuseum.com), Cenotaph database, http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/27061.detail.