Trooper Frank Ernest Caseley 1542

Frank was a member of the 12th Light Horse regiment and involved in the Battle of Beersheba in October 1917. Most of the objects on display were part of Frank’s kit. They had been stored in an Army issue trunk and survived the 1939 bush fres which destroyed the Caseley home and devastated the Southern Highlands.  Frank came to the district in the early 1920s so his name is not recorded on any local war memorials or honour rolls. He is not included in the Southern Highlands 1200 but is remembered in the exhibition for his contribution to the formation of Mittagong RSL Sub-branch and its re-location to its current site. Frank served one term of offce as President of the Sub-branch. He lived with his wife Ruby in Mittagong until his death in 1975.

Frank’s WWI and WW2 medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Australia Service Medal 1939-45

Frank’s WWI and WW2 medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Australia Service Medal 1939-45

Frank’s Light Horse issue jodhpurs, riding crop, gaiters, spurs and boot lasts. General service whistle with chain attached by Frank

Frank’s army issue belt decorated with badges,  buttons and shoulder titles. It was common for soldiers to exchange badges.

Frank’s army issue belt decorated with badges,  buttons and shoulder titles. It was common for soldiers to exchange badges.

Leave Pass issued to Frank on return to Australia for use prior to discharge

Leave Pass issued to Frank on return to Australia for use prior to discharge

‘Cot Case’ identifcation tags – Frank had suffered  from malaria and was invalided back to Australia on  the hospital ship Aneus in January 1919

‘Cot Case’ identifcation tags – Frank had suffered  from malaria and was invalided back to Australia on  the hospital ship Aneus in January 1919

‘Souvenir of Egypt’ embroidered with Frank’s name, service number and regiment, the AIF Rising Sun badge and Australian Coat of Arms. These made-to-order souvenirs were machine embroidered in the bazaars  of Cairo.

‘Souvenir of Egypt’ embroidered with Frank’s name, service number and regiment, the AIF Rising Sun badge and Australian Coat of Arms. These made-to-order souvenirs were machine embroidered in the bazaars  of Cairo.

Mess kits and water bottles used by Frank  in the Middle East

Mess kits and water bottles used by Frank  in the Middle East

Kia Ora Coo-ee News printed in Cairo for Australian  and New Zealand troops

Kia Ora Coo-ee News printed in Cairo for Australian  and New Zealand troops