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2LT Bernard Matthew Cassidy

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2LT Bernard Matthew Cassidy

  • Birth 17 Aug 1892 Manchester, Metropolitan Borough of Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
  • Death 28 Mar 1918 Fampoux, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Burial Arras, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
  • Plot Arras Memorial, Bay 5 (No Known Grave)
  • Memorial ID 9484136

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Manchester, England, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army. On March 28, 1918, during the final series of the German offensives at Fampoux, east of Arras, 2nd Lieutenant Cassidy was in command of the left company of his battalion. Given the orders prior to the attack that he must hold on to his position to the last, the enemy came on in overwhelming numbers to turn back his flank. He continued to rally his men under a terrific bombardment. The enemy were several times cleared out of the trench by his personal leadership. His company eventually surrounded, but 2nd Lieutenant Cassidy still fought on, encouraging his men until he was eventually killed and his remains were never recovered. For most conspicuous bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on April 30, 1918.

Son of Bernard and Julia Cassidy, of 29, Watford Rd., Victoria Docks, London.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 20 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9484136
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Bernard Matthew Cassidy (17 Aug 1892–28 Mar 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9484136, citing Arras Memorial, Arras, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .