Lurgan's Dead from The Great War 1914-18

Samuel Cassells

We Will Remember Them

Rifleman Cassells, Samuel
8th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

who died on
Tuesday, 21st March 1916, aged 20

Additional Information:
Son of William and Mary Jane Cassells, of Annaloiste, Lurgan

Letter from Sergeant Roland Croft Royal Irish Rifles to Mrs Cassells: April 1916:

“Dear Mrs Cassells – It is with sad regret that I write to you to tell you that Sammie was killed about 8:30am on the 21st March by a German sniper. He was off duty and was going down to his dugout to get a sleep, when he got up on the fire-step to let a wounded comrade past. His head was showing a little above the parapet and a sniper caught him. He lived for some little time and died in the hospital at the back of the firing line. His comrades did all they could for him, and deeply regret the loss they have sustained in his death. I as a Platoon sergeant and my fellow NCO’s were greatly shocked when we saw him, for just a little time before it happened he was joking and laughing and was in the best of spirits. He was a good soldier and done his duty like a man, and was a great favourite amongst his comrades and NCO’s. We wish to convey our deepest sympathy to you, I remain, yours sincerely.”

Grave or Reference Panel Number:
Plot 1. Row B. Grave 3.

from information supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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