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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Lieutenant Peter Constantine Vassy, from the

Leaders of Anzac website.


Vassy P C  Lt Sect Officer        Peter Constantine        9 AASC    36    Commercial traveller    Married    C of E       

Address:    Moonee Ponds, Mantell St, 36   

Next of Kin:    Vassy, V L, Mrs, wife, cnr Moore and Chaucer Sts, Moonee Ponds

Enlisted:    21 Sep 1914       

Embarked:     A40 Ceramic 22 Dec 1914   

Prior service: 38th Fortress Coy Engineers, 20 years.


Date of death:  13/10/1915






Writing to Mr. Brown, manager of Myer's, Pall Mall, Lieut. P. C. Vassy has given some details regarding the death of Corporal W. Daw, who relinquished a lucrative position in Myer's to leave for the front. The letter was written at Gaba Tepe, on 15th September, and contains the following:-


"I am sorry indeed to say that news has just come through from Egypt that Corporal Daw died there on 17th August, as the result of a shrapnel bullet wound in the chest. It is a very big loss to us and his friends in Bendigo, but what a big loss to his mother and sister. From the first day of joining he took the greatest interest in the work, and proved himself the best man I had. In fact, I had recommended him for a commission. He made himself very popular with the men, who feel his death very keenly. The  circumstances were very unfortunate. A few minutes before he was hit I spoke to him and another corporal living in the same dugout, and advised them to change their residence as the position was very dangerous. They did not think so. We went on talking, a Taube aeroplane flew over and while we together with several others who had gathered were talking two high explosive shrapnel shells came over. Daw was in the centre of the group, but the only one hit by bullets. I was uncertain at first as to whether I was struck; some pieces of resin from the shell hit me. We all turned to run for cover and I was congratulating myself that we had escaped when I saw Daw fall. We got him to   the hospital at once. I spoke to a doctor friend who did all that was possible and got him away to the hospital ship. He was taken on to Egypt, and died in hospital at Alexandria nine days later. Although we knew from the first it was serious as he lasted out so long we were in hope that he would get over it. It was a very unpleasant shock to me when the news came through. Five more of my men have been wounded, but not very seriously --all leg wounds. The trouble is with shrapnel wounds there is a danger of septic poisoning, especially where high explosives are used. In addition, a good many have been sent away sick."


HOW CORPORAL DAW DIED. (1915, December 2). Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 31. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90778782



Lieutenant P. C. Vassy, who up to the time he left for the front was well-known in Bendigo as the representative of Messrs. Connibere, Grieves and Connibere, of Melbourne, is reported missing. It is understood that he was ill on board a hospital ship, and information to hand indicates that he has been drowned. Whilst in Bendigo Lieutenant Vassy took an active interest in mining. He occupied the position of chairman of directors of the Clarence United Co., and was also on the directorship of the Sheepshead and New Argus companies. Large interests in other mines were also held by him. He was married shortly before he left Victoria, and his home was in St. Kilda. After volunteering, he was attached to the 17th Divisional Supply Column.


LIEUTENANT P. C. VASSY. (1915, November 4). Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 21. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90779677





On December 22, the anniversary of the departure from Melbourne of the 17th Australian Divisional Supply Column, by H.M.A.T. "Ceramic," the commanding officer, Lieut.-Col. Alfred Moon, in a special order, congratulated the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men on the year's work. "Arduous, important, and exacting duties," said the order, "had been carried out in a manner reflecting credit on all concerned, including No. 3 Section at the Dardanelles. Records had been created in connection with loading times at the railhead, and the maintenance of the mechanical transport vehicles." The order concludes-"I deeply deplore the deaths of Lieut. Vassy, Corporal Daw, and Lance-Corporal Morrow of No, 3 Section; of Private Byrne, at Tidworth on June 18, and the lamentable accident, whereby Sgt. Batty met his death, and Privates S. McAdam and D. Armstrong sustained injures on the 18th inst." Private D. Armstrong is a brother of Mr. J, F. Armstrong, of Armadale street.


GALLANT AUSTRALIANS. (1916, March 25). Preston Leader (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92075477


In the half-yearly report of the Clarence United Company, the directors state :--"It is with extreme regret that we have to record a vacancy on the board, caused by the death on active service of Lieutenant P. C. Vassy. During the whole of the time that Lieutenant Vassy was connected with the company he evinced a keen and active interest in everything that he considered tended to its welfare and advancement." Lieutenant Vassy was serving with the Motor Transport Corps.


PERSONAL. (1916, May 18). Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 25. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91380104



The matter of the will of Lieutenant Peter Constantine Vassy, A.I.F., late of Moonee Ponds, came before Mr. Justice Cussen in the Practice Court to-day. On 10th October last Lieutenant Vassy was taken on a hospital ship at Anzac, suffering (it was supposed) from influenza. During the night of 12th October he disappeared, over the side. At the inquiry it was stated that there was no reason to suppose that he had any intention to commit suicide. To-day his Honor granted probate to Lieutenant Vassy's wife. (Lieutenant Vassy was a commercial traveller, and was   well-known in Bendigo. He invested largely in mining, and before proceeding to the front was a director of the Clarence United, New Argus and Sheepshead companies.)


DISAPPEARANCE FROM HOSPITAL SHIP. (1916, June 9). Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), p. 6. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89980550




Probate was, on Thursday, granted by Mr. Justice Cussen in the will of the late Lieutenant Peter Constantine Vassy, of the A.I.F., formerly of Moonee Ponds. Application was made in the Practice Court by Mr. Gregory, who informed his Honour 'that Lieutenant Vassy left Gallipoli on 10th October of last year suffering, from what was believed to be influenza. He was invalided on board a hospital ship. Nurse N. Worley saw him in his berth at 3.30 a.m. on the 12th. but at 5.10 a.m. he had disappeared, and he had not been seen since. An official inquiry having been held on the ship about the matter, it was decided that he must have gone over board, but there was no evidence to show in what circumstances, or that he intended to commit suicide.


SOCIAL BREVITIES. (1916, June 15). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74593225




Sir-In "The Argus" of the 9th inst. appeared a paragraph relating to the "disappearance" of Lieutenant P C Vassy,  which  in justice to our brother memory we wish to correct. Instead of only suffering from a "slight attack of influenza", Lieutenant  Vassy was so ill and weakened after six months of strenuous work and anxiety at Gallipoli that he was carried on board the hospital ship on October 10 1915, and a subsequent inquiry held that he had a severe rigor with a temperature of 105, and  was undoubtedly delirious. He  was it may also be stated, in a deck cabin.

Yours, &c



Sandringham, Jane 12 


LIEUTENANTS DISAPPEARANCE. (1916, June 15). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 4. Retrieved March 26, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2111904 



War Service Commemorated



In Memoriam



VASSY. -On the 13th October, drowned from hos-

pital ship Formosa, Lieutenant P. C. Vassy, O.C. 9th

A.S.C., A.I.F., Anzac, dearly beloved husband of Vida,

and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Swann, Moonee

Ponds, aged 37 years.

Deeply mourned.


VASSY.-On the 13th October, accidentally drowned

off hospital ship Formosa, Lieutenant P. C. Vassy,

brother of Corporal A. Vassy, Egypt, Mrs. Roberts,

Sandringham, and Mrs. Roxburgh, Box Hill.


Family Notices. (1916, January 26). The Argus (Melbourne,

Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.



VASSY.—On the l8th October, accidentally drowned

off hospital ship, Formosa, Lieutenant P. C. Vassey,

brother of Corporal A. Vassy, Egypt, Mrs. Roberts,

Sandringham, and Mrs. Roxburgh,

Box Hill. 


Family Notices. (1916, February 5). The Australasian

 (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 57.



VASSY.-In fond memory of my beloved husband,

Lieut. P. C. Vassy, who was drowned on active service,

Gallipoli, October 13, 1915.

-(Inserted by his loving wife, Vida.)


Family Notices. (1916, October 13). The Argus

 (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.



VASSY. -In fond memory of my beloved husband,  

Lieut. P. C. Vassy, who died on active service,  

Gallipoli. October 18, 1915.

(Inserted by his wife, Vida.)


Family Notices. (1918, October 14). The Argus

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.




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