Patrick Joseph CAWLEY


CAWLEY, Patrick Joseph

Service Number: 420143
Enlisted: 11 October 1941
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Lismore, New South Wales, 4 February 1920
Home Town: Dunoon, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Plumber
Died: Accidental, Temora, 14 June 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: East Lismore (Lismore) General Cemetery
RC 22A
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dunoon District War Memorial, Lismore Terania Shire Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 420143
11 Oct 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 420143

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Ernest Herbert and Margaret May Cawley, of Dunoon

When two Air Force aircraft collided in mid-air on Sunday leading Aircraftman Patrick Joseph Cawley, single, of Dunoon, was killed. The machines had taken off on a solo training flight from an R.A.A.F. station, in New South Wales when the collision occurred.
L.A.C Cawley's aircraft dived to the ground from a height of about 40 feet, and was completely destroyed. 

The remains of LA/c Patrick Joseph Cawley, RAAF. who was killed in a plane collision recently, were brought to Lismore on Wednesday for interment in the Roman Catholic portion of the Lismore cemetery yesterday. Deceased was 22 years of age, and the second eldest son cf Mr E H Cawley, of Dunoon. He had had nine months' service in the air force Prior to enlistment, he worked as a plumber in the Dunoon district, where he was well known and held in high esteem. Only about three weeks ago he had been on leave and was given a public send-off on his departure from Dunoon. Before enlisting he had flying experience with the Australian Aero Club and was keen on his job. A fine type of young man, his death under such circumstances is much deplored by a wide circle of friends.
The funeral, which took place from St Carthage's Cathedral yes terday, was largely attended and those present included many of the young airman's comrades in the RAAF. The Returned Soldiers' League was represented by Mr C A Munro. The pall-bearers were Sergeants L A Langdon, A R Eather, R W Hastie, K M Mildrum, D A Wray1 and J W V Guy. The wreaths were carried by Ser geant R A Gibbs and LA/c Chapman, and Messrs J Lewis and M Donoghue. The Last Post was sounded by a member of the lismore Boys' Band, Master Aden McFarlane. A Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the deceased was celebrated in St Cathage's Cathedral yesterday by Rev Fr J Relihan. The Absolution was given by Bishop Carroll, who was assisted by the Very Rev T O'Byrne, Adm, Rev Dr V Ryan, Rev Fr A Daley and Rev Fr J Relihan. Bishop Carroll on his own behalf, and on behalf of the priests and people of the Parish, offered sincere sympathy to the bereaved members of the family. The presence of so many was a mark of esteem and reeard for the deceased young man and his family. The Bishop spoke of the early boyhood that fulfilled its promise in youth and manhood. Patrick Joseph Cawley. died for God and country, giving willingly his most precious belong ing in keeping with Christ's words: "Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." In return we must give Patrick Cawley the charity of our prayers, he added. "It is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins," The prayers at the grave were recited bv Rev Fr Relihan. Fr Daley Assisted.
The funeral arrangements were in charge of Mr James Sweeney, Lismore