Chasty, John Norish (John)
No. 12207, 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died of wounds on Thursday 8 June 1916 (aged 21)
Louvencourt Military Cemetery, France (Plot 1 Row C Grave 45)
John Norish Chasty was born on 26 October 1894 in Portaferry and he was a son of James and Clara Lucretia Chasty (nee How, sometimes Howe) who were married in 1881 in Stoke Damerel, Devon. Clara Lucretia Chasty (nee How) was born in Newfoundland. James Chasty was born in Devon and he worked as a Chief Boatswain in the Coastguard. He served a total of 38 years from 1876 to 1914 in the Royal Navy.
James and Clara Chasty had at least ten children including:
Samuel Edward (born 1 April 1886 in Tivoli Road, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Clara Elizabeth Victoria (born 14 September 1887 in the Coastguard Station, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Arthur Charles (born 18 March 1889 in the Coastguard Station, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Helen (born 1 August 1890 in the Coastguard Station, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
William Henry (born 1 May 1892 in the Coastguard Station, Kingstown, Co Dublin)
Richard Christopher (born 24 August 1893 in Portaferry)
John Norish (born 26 October 1894 in Portaferry)
George Mervyn (born 15 April 1898 in Portaferry)
Alice Florence Ladysmith (born 1 March 1900 in Strangford)
The Chasty family moved from Portaferry, Co Down to Moville, Co Donegal and then to Bray, Co Wicklow.
When the Chasty family lived in Bray, John worked as a boot boy in a hotel at 2 Cloonada Terrace.
John Norish Chasty enlisted on 1 September 1914 and he joined the 5th (Service) Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. In April 1915 he went to Basingstoke and on 14 July he left Devonport with his Battalion to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force as part of 31st Brigade in the 10th (Irish) Division. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in September 1915 and was injured during the evacuation of Gallipoli. After spending some time in hospital in Liverpool he joined the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of his Regiment on 27 February 1916. He was transferred to the 1st Battalion and went to France on 23 March 1916. His Battalion had been holding the line for 10 days when he was wounded on 7 June 1916. It was a serious abdominal wound caused by a shell fragment and he was taken to a dressing station and then to a field ambulance at Louvencourt where he died the following day. He was 21 when he died.
Corporal John Norish Chasty (No. 12207) was buried in Louvencourt Military Cemetery, France.