Francis Casement (1881 - 1967):
Francis Casement was born in Dublin and spent his childhood in Ballycastle, County Antrim, where he later lived from 1946 to 1967. He was educated in Coleraine Academical Institution and Trinity College, Dublin. He was an Irish International Rugby Player, being capped three times in 1906 for the side which won the Triple Crown. A year later he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He served in the First World War as brevet lieutenant colonel in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He was mentioned three times in despatches. In 1915 he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur, the Distinguished Service Or-der in 1917, its Bar in 1918 and the Order of St John. In 1922 he was principal medical officer in Mauritius. He was Assistant Director General of Army Medical Services in 1935, and Deputy Director two years later. In 1938 he was Deputy Director of General Medical Services, Southern Command, and from 1940 until 1941, was Honorary Surgeon to King George VI. During 1941 he was also Principal Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health. After his retirement in 1946, he served on the Northern Ireland Grand Jury, and was High Sheriff for County Antrim in 1951. He was the husband of Frances Mabel Harrison. He died in Ballycastle, County Antrim.