An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Hugh de Chastelai CASLEY

Lieutenant, 6th (Service) Battalion,
Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
[later called The Green Howards].

Born 31 August 1886,
Died 7 August 1915, aged 28 years.

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli,
Turkey, Panel 55 to 58.

He died at Suvla Bay during the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in the Dardanelles. Another Old Coathamian in the same battalion, Lieutenant Arthur Hall (q.v.), died in the same operation. The Helles Memorial bears over 21,000 names of British and Commonwealth forces who lost their lives in the campaign.

Born in Jesmond, Hugh de Chastelai Casley was the second child and only son of Wilbraham John Braddick Casley, civil engineer, and Mary Anne Eleanor Casley. They came to live at 5, St. Vincent Terrace, Coatham. Hugh had two sisters: Hilda, two years older, and Phyllis, two years younger. He attended Coatham Grammar School as a day boy from April 1896 to December 1899, when he went on to Charterhouse, the public boarding school in Surrey, where he remained until 1904. He won at least one school prize whilst at Coatham: at the end of his year in Form II, in July 1897, he was presented with a volume of Charles Lamb’s Poems and Essays as a prize for drawing. He later returned to the North East to train as a construction engineer in the steel industry with Head, Wrightson & Company, later moving to Dorman, Long & Company. He became a member of the Cleveland Institute of Engineers. He continued to live in the family home in Coatham with his parents and younger sister Phyllis before joining up in September 1914.