The Struggle for Irish Independence.
Balfe Richard C.
Richard Balfe. Captain 5th Company (Snadymount Castle) 3rd Battalion Irish Volunteers. Joined the Fianna in 1911 and the I.R.B. in 1913 or 1914, Fintan Lawlor Circle Centre Seamus O’Connor. Involved in the rescue of the “Irish Freedom” newspaper printing equipment just prior to the King’s visit in 1911. Joined the Volunteers in 1913 and took part in the Howth Gun-Running. Took part in the fighting the entire time the Institution was occupied by the Rebels including repelling a bayonet charge which took place on the Tuesday. On Wednesday morning the Institute came under heavy attack, Balfe was wounded by a bomb losing the use of his legs and arms but was still fully conscious. Heuston ordered the surrender and hung a white sheet but the attack immediately resumed. Thought to be dead Balfe was left behind, later in the afternoon a British Officer and a Dublin Fusilier with fixed bayonet appeared, Balfe had regained the use of his arms but not his legs, while they were deciding if they would kill Balfe with a bullet or a bayonet a Royal Army Medical Corps officer arrived and claimed Balfe as his prisoner, he was taken to the George V. Hospital (now Saint Bricins). After Balfe recovered he was taken to Richmond Barracks and then to Wakefield before being transferred to Frongoch. He was released from Frongoch at the end of July 1916. Due to injuries received he had no further service after 1919. He did not take part in the War of Independence or the Civil War.
Died on the 9th of April 1965. A member of the Irish Volunteers but probably best known for his sculptors and probably the most famous of these is the monument opposite Phibsborough Library on the North Circular Road. Made of Irish limestone and sixteen foot high it was unveiled in 1939 and commemorates the men of C Company Dublin Brigade.
He is also note for other Irish freedom related statues and his ecclesiastical statues.
Also commemorated is Desmond Broe who followed in his father’s footsteps and became a noted sculptor in his own right. A plaque at 27 Pearse Street depicting the Pearse brothers was carved by Desmond Broe and he was responsible for other noted Irish Freedom related sculptors.
Brigade Staff Officer, Limerick Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1896 died on the 24th of November 1986, aged about 20 years old at the time of the Rising. Fought at Bunratty County Clare and County Limerick. As Limerick Brigade Staff Officer his orders for the Easter Rising were to mobilise East Clare Volunteers and detail men to assist the transportation of arms to be landed by the Aud through Ennis and North Clare up to Galway. He mobilised 100 men at Bunratty, County Clare before receiving the countermanding order. He attended a number of Limerick Irish Volunteer Brigade Staff meetings at which he and others including, Sean O Muirthuile, Johnny Sweeney and Tom McInerney attempted unsuccessfully to persuade Limerick Irish Volunteer leadership to either fight or give their arms to those wanting to fight. He also unsuccessfully attempted to make his way to Galway when he heard of the Rising in Galway and was arrested but released on a number of occasions by the R.I.C. during the week before finally being arrested by British Military on Saturday the 29th of April. He was subsequently interned until December 1916. He was deported to England in May 1917, imprisoned from July to December 1917 and also from February to December 1918. Appointed Officer Commanding the East Clare Brigade in January 1919 he served in that position and as Officer Commanding the Brigade Flying Column until the end of the War of Independence in July 1921 except for two months period recovering from wounds received in November 1920. He joined Óglaigh na hÉireann/National Army in February 1922 and during the subsequent Civil War he served for a time as Officer Commanding the 1st Western Division of Óglaigh na hÉireann/National Army, continuing to serve with the Defence Forces as Adjutant General from October 1925 to October 1928, as Inspector General from 1928 to 1931 and as Chief of Staff from October 1931 until January 1940.
Volunteer, B Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1882 died on the 15th of June 1962, aged about 34 years old during the Rising. Fought at Boland’s Mills/Boland’s Bakery Grand Canal Street. He was deported after the surrender and released from Frongoch on the 23rd of December 1916. He assisted in the reorganisation of the Volunteers and served throughout the War of Independence and was mainly involved in intelligence. He was arrested by British forces in February 1921 and interned in Mountjoy Prison until August 1921, he was released through the intervention of Michael Collins, due to ill treatment received while in British custody he was hospitalised between the date of his release and December 1921. He took the Pro-Treaty side in the Civil War, at the outbreak of the Civil War on the 28th of June 1922 he took part in fighting against Anti-Treaty IRA forces in Dublin. He joined the National Army in October 1922 and retired to the Defence Forces Reserve of Officers on the 31st March 1928 and returned to full time service at the rank of Commandant during the Emergency.
Casey Alfred Leo.
Volunteer, A Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1898 died on the 15th of February 1952, aged about 18 years old at the time of the Rising. Fought at Boland’s Bakery/Boland's Mills Grand Canal Street and around the Dublin and South Eastern Railway Line between Westland Row and Lansdowne Road.
Lily O’Brennan Served in the Cleaver Hall, Cork Street, Jameson’s Distillery and Marrowbone Lane areas. She joined Cumann na mBan at its inception and was connected to the Central Branch, on account of living with her brother-in-law, Commandant Ceannt. She then joined Inghinidhe Branch. She was mostly active in Marrowbone Lane. At the surrender, she, along with others, was marched to Richmond Barracks on Sunday night and then to Kilmainham Jail on the Monday where she remained until the following Monday. She became a member of the Cumann na mBan Executive during the Convention of 1917 on which she held the position of Secretary. She also worked as Secretary to the Distribution Committee of the National Aid in 1916. It is also from 1917 that she started doing intelligence work for Michael Collins and was involved in the release of prisoners from Mountjoy Jail including Dick McKee and Dermot Hegarty. She also helped to start the Ranelagh branch of Cumann na mBan. She was in charge of an employment bureau for the IRA in 1920, set up by Cathal Brugha, then Minister for Defence. She was engaged in various activities such as securing houses for volunteers, carrying dispatches and general propaganda work. From 1921 she worked as Private Secretary to Erskine Childers and she resigned from the Cumann na mBan Executive on 29 June 1921. She was attached to Dáil Eireann Labour Department during the War of Independence, set up a working department under Madame Markievicz around March 1920 and was engaged in publicity work, especially foreign publicity and all publicity for abroad. All despatches went to her office on Suffolk Street. Erskine Childers requested that she went to Cork where she met Dan Breen in Fermoy. She was arrested in October 1922 and was jailed until July 1923, after which she went back to do work for the general elections.
Catherine Colbert Woulfe, Brigid Colbert and Elizabeth were sisters of executed leader Con Colbert.
Volunteer, Kimmage (Larkfield) Garrison, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1892 died on the 13th of May 1972, aged about 24 years old during the Rising. Fought in the Fairview, Abbey Street, the G.P.O. and surrounding areas. He joined Irish Volunteers in Liverpool in 1913 arriving in Dublin in February 1916, he had been a member of the I.R.B. since 1910. He was interned after the Rising being detained in Stafford and Frongoch, he was released from Frongoch on the 24th of December 1916. He re-joined the Volunteers on released and served up to the 31st of March 1917 when he returned to England to be with his wife and child. He took no part in the War of Independence or Civil War.
Captain (Company Officer Commanding), C Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers he was employed as a teacher in a Dublin College. He was a native of County Galway. He was convicted and sentenced to ten years penal servitude and released from Lewis Prison in the general amnesty in 1917. Before the Rising he was Secretary to the Dublin City and County Board of the Irish Volunteers as well as acting as Treasurer of Dublin City Irish Volunteers. He was involved in the Howth gun-running on the 26th of July 1914 and the gun-running at Kilcoole,
County Wexford on the 1st of August 1914. There is no detail on his War of Independence or Civil War service in his pension application, he went on to serve as a T. D. (Teachta Dála, member of the Irish government). His wife Anna Fahy also served during Easter Week.
Fitzgerald William and Kathleen.
William Fitzgerald. Volunteer, B Company, 3rd battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1900 died on the 4th of September 1959, aged about 16 years old during the Rising. Fought in the area of Boland’s Mills Boland’s Bakery and the area of the Railway Line between Westland Row and Beggars Bush. He main duties during the Rising were as dispatch rider. He does not appear to have been captured or arrested after the Surrender. He served throughout the War of Independence as part of the General Headquarters Active Service Unit and with the Quartermaster General's Department. He took part in operations including arms raids at Kingsbridge Station and King's Inns and raids for mails at the Rotunda Rink and Ballsbridge. He also assisted in the transportation of arms and munitions from Dublin to other parts of the country. He joined Óglaigh na hÉireann/National Forces in February 1922 serving as Captain with the Transport Corps service number SDR913. He was deemed to have resigned his Commission from the16th October 1924 following his refusal on that date to take the Oath or Declaration prescribed under Section 21 (a) of the Defence Forces (Temporary Provisions) Act, 1923. Six of the Fitzgerald family were involved in the Irish Volunteer IRA and Cumann na mBan.
Kathleen Fitzgerald. Cumann na mBan. A sister of Sean MacMathghamhna (Sean MacMahon) Kathleen Fitzgerald assisted her brother with his Irish Volunteer IRA work duties. Her family's home and business premises were used as an arms dump and distribution centre, meeting place, despatch centre and safe house for the Irish Volunteers and IRA.
Volunteer, B Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born on the 20thof January 1897 died on the 4th of December 1974, aged 19 years old at the time of the Rising. Fought in the North King Street, North Brunswick Street, Moore's Coach Builders North Brunswick Street, Linenhall Barracks Lisburn Street and Clarke's Dairy Church Street areas. During the Easter Rising he was involved in the burning of Linenhall Barracks at 6 to 8 Lisburn Street. Following the Easter Rising he was interned being released from Frongoch on the 29th of August 1916. Re-joined the Irish Volunteers upon release and took part in company activities. He moved to England in 1919 in order to obtain employment and remained until July 1921. Prior to the Truce Period he says he instructed members of B Company, East Galway Brigade in the use of signalling. Joined the National Forces on the 28th of August 1922 at Portobello Barracks. Retired from the Defence Forces on the 1st of October 1946 at the rank of Acting Captain, service number 11943.
Hayes Dr Richard medical officer. Commandant 5th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1878 died on the 16th of June 1958, aged about 38 years old during the Rising. Fought at the R.I.C. Barracks at Donabate, Swords, Garristown and Ashbourne. He had been the Officer Commanding resigned in favour of Ashe. Became a TD (Teachta Dála Member of the Irish Parliament). Appointed Battalion Officer Commanding of 5th Fingal Battalion, Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers in June 1915, Richard Hayes was sentenced to twenty 20 years imprisonment following his participation in the 1916 Easter Rising and released in June 1917. Hayes was again arrested and imprisoned between May 1918 and March 1919 and from November 1920 to July 1921. During the War of Independence when not imprisoned, Richard Hayes provided medical care and attention for members of the Irish Volunteers and IRA. He also provided a report on the remains of Dick McKee and Peadar Clancy at the request of Michael Collins following their deaths in British custody. Evidence on the file from Hayes himself and Richard Mulcahy indicates that Hayes was involved with Mulcahy in 1920 in developing aborted plans to use "...medical methods ... to combat the British Forces" the exact nature of these plans is unclear from the file
Founder 1971 member of Fianna Fail and veteran of the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and the Anti-Treaty side in the Civil War. He was born on the 15th of July 1899 and died on the 11th of May 1971. Also his wife Kathleen Lemass.
Lynch Fionán (Finian).
Born 1889 died on the 3rd of June 1966. Captain Irish Volunteers. He fought during the Rising at the Four Courts and was sentenced to death after the surrender, the sentence was commuted to ten years in prison. He was born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry and educated in Rockwell College and Blackrock College. He was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) that same year. He was a friend of Michael Collins.
Lynn Doctor Kathleen
Kathleen Lynn was born on the 28th of January 1874 to a Church of Ireland clergyman, Robert Young Lynn, and his wife, Catherine Wynne. She studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons and then conducted her internships at the Rotunda Hospital. She was a Sinn Fein TD from 1923 to 1927 abstaining from the Dáil. She was Chief Medical Officer for the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising and co-founded Saint Ultan's Children's Hospital with Madeleine ffrench-Mullen. She decided to become a doctor when she was 16. She was one of the first female medical graduates from University College Dublin.
Sean MacMahon (Seán MacMathghmhna). Company Officer Commanding, B Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1893 died on the 26th of March 1955, aged about 2323 years old during the Rising. Fought at Boland's Bakery/Boland's Mills on Grand Canal Street and on the Dublin and South Eastern Railway Line. He served as a Company Officer Commanding, Battalion Vice Commandant, Irish Volunteers and IRA and Quartermaster General of the I.R.A. from August 1920. He took the Pro-Treaty side in the Civil War and was appointed Quartermaster General of the National Army at the rank of Lieutenant General on its formation in February 1922 and Chief of Staff on the 23rd of August 1922 and serving in the Defence Forces at that position until March 1924. On 20 March 1924. His commission was withdrawn by Order of the Executive Council and he was reappointed with the rank of Major General on the 22nd of April 1924. He served as General Officer Commanding Southern Command from October 1925 until tendering his resignation from the Defence Forces due to ill health on the 24th of January 1927.
McGarry Sean (John).
Irish Volunteers. Born in 1886 died on the 9th of December 1958, aged about 30 years old during the Rising. Fought in Reis's Building, O'Connell Street, Irish School of Wireless Telegraphy, Reis's Building, O'Connell Street/Lower Abbey Street, and Abbey Street. Convicted by Court Martial and sentenced to death, commuted by the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief to 8 years penal servitude, prisoner number q138. Sean McGarry was imprisoned until June 1917. Later that year he became Honorary Secretary of the Executive of the Irish Volunteers. He was arrested and interned from May 1918 until his escape from Lincoln Prison, England in February 1919. Sean McGarry joined the National Army following the outbreak of the Civil War on 28 June 1922 and served until August 1923, leaving the Defence Forces at the rank of Captain. He was a native of Dundrum County Dublin and educated in North Richmond Street School. He was an active member of the Dungannon Club in Belfast with Sean MacDermott and was also involved with the foundation of Fianna Eireann in Dublin. He was editor of the O’Donovan Rossa Souvenir and contributed many articles to the Nationalist Press.
Joseph McGrath. Lieutenant, D Company, 4th Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1888 died on the 26th of March 1966, aged about 28 years old at the time of the Rising. Fought at Jameson Distillery on Marrowbone Lane. He was not arrested or captured after the surrender. He served as a Company and Battalion Officer Commanding with the Irish Volunteers and IRA from 1916 to 1921. He was imprisoned in May 1918, escaping from Usk prison in January 1919 and was re-imprisoned at Wormwood Scrubs and Brixton prisons from January to May 1920 and interned at Ballykinlar Camp from November 1920 to July 1921. He was also a member of the First Dáil Éireann and was appointed Minister for Labour in September 1920 following the arrest of Constance Markievicz. He took the Pro-Treaty side in the Civil War. In October 1921 McGrath travelled with the Irish Treaty delegation to London as one of Michael Collins' personal staff. When the Provisional Government of Ireland was set up in January 1922, McGrath was appointed as Minister for Labour. He was later put in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department or CID. Following his political career, he went on to become involved in the building trade. In 1925 he became labour adviser to Siemens-Schuckert, German contractors for the Ardnacrusha hydro-electric scheme near Limerick. McGrath founded the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake in 1930.
F Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1891 died on the 16th of February 1953, aged about 25 years old at the time of the Rising. He joined the Volunteers in London in 1914 and came to Ireland in December 1915. .He was taken to Richmond Barracks after the surrender and then deported first to Lewes Prison where he was kept until July, he was then transferred to Woking where he remained for three of four weeks and then to Frongoch, he was released on the 23rd of
December. He resumed importing arms and ammunition for the Volunteers soon after release and also assisted in reorganising the Volunteers in 1917. During the War of Independence he was employed in the Hotel Workers' Branch, Transport Union and that he was instructed by Michael Collins to source reliable hotel workers who would provide information regarding the movements of British agents. He took the Anti-Treaty side in the Civil War during which he was present at the attempted blowing up of Kilcullen Bridge and that he came under fire from National Army forces. He was arrested in November 1922 and interned until December 1923.
Myles Sir Thomas born on the 20th of April 1857 died on the 14th of July 1937.
Thomas Myles was born in Limerick in 1857. The Myles family had been prominent merchants in and around Limerick city since Cromwell's time. He graduated in medicine at Trinity College Dublin in 1881. One of his duties in his first job as resident surgeon at Dr. Steevens’ Hospital was to render medical assistance to Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke murdered in the Phoenix Park on the 6th of May 1882. He was knighted by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Earl Cadogan, at Dublin Castle on the 11th of August 1902. He also received the honorary freedom of Limerick city.
Myles was also an active Home Ruler. He owned a yacht, the Chotah which was used for the importation of guns for the Irish Volunteers. The guns were landed at Kilcoole, County Wicklow on the night of 2nd of August 1914, 600 Mauser rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition were landed many being used during the 1916 Rising. During the 1916 Rising he was stationed at Dublin Castle and treated Constable John O’Brien killed at the gates of the Castle and he also treated County Inspector Alexander Gray who died from wounds received at Ashbourne, County Meath.
O’Conaill Mort (Mortimer O’Connell)
1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born on the 31st of January 1894 died on the 22nd of May 1956, aged 22 at the time of the Rising. Fought in the Four Courts area, Mary’s Lane, Church Street and Father Matthew Hall. He was deported after the surrender first to Stafford then Frongoch. He was one of the men responsible for guarding Bulmer Hobson when he was kidnapped at the outset of the Rising. He became clerk of the Dail in about 1948.
O'Keeffe Patrick (Ó Caoimh, Pádraig)
(AKA Paudeen) F Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born on the 3rd of July 1881 died on the 21st of September 1973, aged 24 years old at the time of the Rising. Fought at the Imperial Hotel on O'Connell Street and in the G.P.O. He joined the Volunteers in 1914. He was interned until December 1916. In 1917 he held the position of Secretary of Sinn Féin. Between September and October 1919 he was held in Mountjoy Prison. He enlisted in the National Forces at Portobello Barracks on the 13th of July 1922 and resigned on the 14th of August 1923 at the rank of Commandant. He held the position of Deputy Military Governor, Mountjoy Prison between his dates of enlistment in the National Forces.
O'Keeffe Seán (John)
Sean O'Keeffe Quartermaster, B Company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1887 died on the 31st of May 1952, aged about 29 years old at the time of the Rising. Fought at Lombard Street East, Boland's Bakery/Boland's Mills on Grand Canal Street and at the Dublin South Eastern Railway Works. He sustained a gunshot wound in the right arm on the 28th of April at Dublin South Eastern Railway Works. He was detained in hospital until the 22nd of July and then deported to Frongoch, he was released on the 4th of August 1916. He re-joined the Company on reorganisation and served throughout the War of Independence. He took the Pro-Treaty side in the Civil War and joined the National Army in March 1922 at Great Brunswick Street Returning Office. Resigned from the Defence Forces on the 7th of March 1924.
Pollock John Hackett.
1887 – 1964. Worked at the Richmond Hospital at the time of the Rising and was involved in treating casualties of the fighting. On a white sheet the words" Richmond Hospital Supplies" were marked with black tape and Dr. John Hackett Pollock, a recently qualified member of the hospital staff, and two students, bearing this banner, took a borrowed horse and cart out of the hospital. Passing several times through the firing they crossed to the south side of the city and returned safely with supplies. He was a noted author writing under the name An Philibin.
Quirke William. (Bill).
He did not serve during the Easter Rising. He was Intelligence Officer with the 3rd Tipperary Brigade (South Tipperary Brigade). He joined the Irish Volunteers from 1913. During the War of Independence as well as taking part in arms raids, the delivering of despatches and the making of munitions he served as an intelligence officer for the Irish Volunteers and I.R.A. He also took part in I.R.A. attacks on R.I.C. and British forces at Ballinire, Garranguile, Ballypatrick, Newtown and Pocistown during 1920. Arrested in December 1920 he was interned until his escape from Spike Island prison in October 1921. In early 1922 during the Truce Period Quirke took part in a number of I.R.A. raids for arms and attacks in Fethard and Clonmel in County Tipperary. He served as Officer Commanding of an I.R.A. column involved in clashes with National Army forces in County Kilkenny in June 1922 prior to the full outbreak of the Civil War. During the Civil War he took part in fighting against National Army forces as a Divisional Staff Officer and later as a Divisional Officer Commanding from February 1923. During that conflict he was involved in major fighting in counties Kilkenny, Waterford and Tipperary. He was also appointed as a member of the I.R.A. Army Council and was present in the Nire Valley for a meeting of that body when Liam Lynch was killed. He evaded arrest or capture during the Civil War and remained on the run until the general release of Republican prisoners in 1924.
Stopford Green Alice
30th of May 1847 – 28th of May 1929
Irish Historian and Nationalist.
She was born Alice Sophia Amelia Stopford in Kells, County Meath. Her father Edward Adderley Stopford was Rector of Kells and Archdeacon of Meath. Her paternal grandfather was Edward Stopford, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath, and she was a cousin of Stopford Brooke and Mother Mary Clare. From 1874 to 1877 she lived in London where she met the historian John Richard Green. They were married in Chester on 14 June 1877. He died in 1883. John Morley published her first historical work Henry II in 1888.
In the 1890s she became interested in Irish history and the nationalist movement as a result of her friendship with John Francis Taylor. She was vocal in her opposition to English colonial policy in South Africa during the Boer Wars and supported Roger Casement's Congo Reform movement. Her 1908 book The Making of Ireland and its Undoing argued for the sophistication and richness of the native Irish civilisation. She was active in efforts to make the prospect of Home Rule more palatable to Ulster Unionists and was closely involved in the Howth gun-running.
She moved to Dublin in 1918 where her house at 90 St Stephen's Green became an intellectual centre. She supported the pro-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War and was among the first nominees to the newly formed Seanad Éireann in 1922, where she served as an independent member until her death in 1929. She was one of four women elected or appointed to the first Seanad in 1922.
Patrick Supple (Pádraig) Kimmage Garrison, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. Born in 1897 died on the 4th of August 1945, aged about 19 years old during the Rising. Fought in the G.P.O. On Friday the 28th of April 1916 he was wounded and brought to Jervis Street Hospital. Following the Easter Rising he was interned until December 1916. He joined the Liverpool Company in 1919 and was able to secure arms from a local priest that he transported arms to boats bound for Ireland. He took part in raids for passports, the burning of a farm at Chilwald. He was involved in the burning of the home of Kerr, a member of the British forces, in Harewood Street, Liverpool while he was garrisoned in Ireland. In June 1921 he was appointed Battalion Quartermaster. During the Truce Period he transported arms from Glasgow to Liverpool. Took no part in the Civil War.
World War 1
The following Commonwealth War Graves are in Dean’s Grange Cemetery Dublin, Ireland. There are 75 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 27 of the 1939-1945 war making a total on 102. A small number of the 1914-1918 war casualties, whose graves cannot be located, are commemorated by Special Memorial headstones.
The Honourable Hector John, Captain Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on the 26th of May 1917. He was the Husband of Sybil Atkinson, of 74, Merrion Square, Dublin.
Baird G. H.
Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, died on the 9th of November 1919. Husband of A. Baird, of Sandymount Castle, Sandymount, Dublin.
Barry Daniel. T/278022, Private, 365th Motor Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps. Died 03/11/1917.
Bell Herbert, MB/776, Chief Motor Mechanic Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve H.M. Motor Lighter 154 (Motor Boat Reserve). Died 29/07/1918.
Brennan John, 24999, Private, 5th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died on the 1st of February 1918 aged 26. Son of Mrs. Ellen Brennan, of 51, Bride St., Dublin.
Campbell Matthew 2607C (PO) Royal Naval Reserve H.M. Yacht Mera. Died from illness on the 19/05/1916 aged 40. Husband of Catherine Campbell of 17 Saint Mary’s Street, Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire), Dublin.
Canning Charles J.
Canning Charles J, 3173 Corporal, 2nd Battalion The Leinster Regiment. Died on the 16th of October 1918. He served as Cullen. He was the son of Mrs. Sarah A. Canning, of 38, Merville Place, Kingstown, Dublin.
Cash James 11074 Drummer 2nd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He died on the 7th of November 1918 aged 22.
Cash J WR/318897 Royal Engineers (I.W.D.). He died on the 21st of February 1919 aged 33. Husband of L. Cash, of 8, South Gloucester St., Dublin.
Connolly C, G/1524 3rd Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died on the 21st of November 1919 aged 36. Husband of E. Connolly, of 35, South Gloucester St., Dublin.
Connolly Michael 16493, 4th Battalion The Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died on the 25th of December 1917 aged 48.
Connor Joseph served as Joseph Murphy, 1904, Gunner, 295 Brigade Royal Field Artillery, Died on the 25th of February 1917.
Crimmin D, SS/9473 (Dev.), Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy H.M.S. "Vivid" Died on the 21st of May 1920. Son of Thomas Crimmin, of 3, Annaville Avenue, Newtown Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Cullen M, 27207, Lance Corporal, Depot Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died on the 4th of November 1919 aged 23. Son of Mrs. Ellen Cullen, of 3, Salthill Place, Dun Laoghaire.
Doran H, 25600, Private Northumberland Fusiliers, died on the 15th of May 1920 aged 22. Son of Mrs. Mary Doran, of 4, King St., Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
Doyle A, 30960, Private, Depot Royal Irish Fusiliers, died on the 14th of February 1919 aged 25.
Doyle D, 19510, Private, 8th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died on the 12th of October 1918.
Easton Charles Robert
Easton Charles Robert, 209335, Able Seaman, Royal Navy H.M.S. "Vivid", died at home on the 16th of June 1918 aged 35. Husband of Mary Easton, of 3, Library Rd., Kingstown, Dublin.
Captain John Esmonde
Captain John Esmonde 10th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers born in England. He was 22 years old at the time of the Rising. He was active in Dublin during the Rising and was the officer who brought Father Austin Murphy to the dying Lieutenant Gerald Neilan who was killed in action when he was struck by a snipers bullet while attempting to dislodge rebels from the Mendicity Institution on Usher Island
In 1922 he emigrated to Canada but within a year had married and returned to Ireland where he settled in Clarinda Park Dun Laoghaire.
Both his parents were born in Ireland. His father was a doctor with a practice in Shropshire England, soon after John Esmonde was born the family came back to Ireland settling in Drominagh, Terryglass, County Tipperary. In 1910 his father was elected Irish Party MP for North Tipperary and died while serving as a Captain with the Royal Army Medical Corps in France during the First World War. His great-great-grandfather also John Esmonde was executed for his part in the 1798 rebellion and his great-uncle Thomas Esmonde won the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War. His brother Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Esmonde was killed while serving with the 26th (Tyneside Irish) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers during WW1. His half-brother Eugene Kingsmill Esmonde was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, Lt-Cdr Esmonde earned this award while in command of a Naval torpedo bomber squadron serving in the British Fleet Air Arm in the Second World War.
John Esmonde was a Home Rule MP for North Tipperary, and later served as Fine Gael TD for Wexford from 1937 to 44 and from 1948 to 1951. After the 1948 general election and the formation of the first inter-party government, former IRA chief of staff and Clann na Poblachta TD Seán MacBride suggested Esmonde as a possible candidate for Taoiseach because he had had no links to either side during the Civil War. He was a member of government when Ireland was declared a Republic in 1949. He died at the age of 64.
Finn Daniel Patrick.
Finn Daniel Patrick, 393610, Rifleman, 9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Died on the 30th of April 1918 aged 36. Husband of E. Finn, of 1, Pembroke Cottages, Donnybrook, Dublin.
Glorney Ernest Edward.
Glorney Ernest Edward, Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps died on the 25th of November 1916. Born 1887, youngest son of George Glorney graduated from Columbia College New York and the Royal School of Mines South Kensington as a mining engineer.
Harman, Charles Edward.
Harman, Charles Edward. Colonel The Connaught Rangers (on CWGC website listed as Royal Dublin Fusiliers). Aged 59. Born at Great Marlow, Bucks. Son of James Bower Harman and his wife Anna Louisa Smith; husband of Edith J. G. Harman, of 23, Hogarth Rd., Kensington, London. Served in India (Brig.-Gen.) 1903.
Inman Arthur Walter Patrick.
Inman Arthur Walter Patrick. Colonel Royal Army Medical Corps. Died on the 17/06/1920 aged 66. Husband of Mrs. Inman, of "Norwood," Sandycove Avenue, Kingstown, Dublin. The exact location of his grave was lost, a headstone was erected to him memory in a special memorial plot.
Jeffries Arthur Henry.
Jeffries Arthur Henry, Wireless Operator, Mercantile Marine S.S. "Leinster", Died on the 10th of October 1918 aged 27. Born at Cambridge. Son of Richard Jeffries; husband of Margaret Jeffries (formerly Torkington, nee Smith), of Monaster Lodge, Glenageary Rd., Kingstown.
Joyce W, 23040, Lance Corporal, 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers transferred to Labour Corps Service Number 336822. Died on the 28th of December 1918 aged 21. Son of Mrs. Margaret Joyce, of Cashel, Recess, Co. Galway.
Kelly Michael, 2987, Rifleman, Depot Royal Irish Rifles, died on the 5th of August 1916 aged 20. Son of Mrs. E. Kelly, of 6, Temple Rd., Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Kelly P, 7558, Rifleman 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, transferred to Labour Corps Private 329767. Died on the 23rd of November 1919.
Kennedy James, 20159, Private, 1st battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died on the 9th of April 1919 aged 37. Husband of Ellen Kennedy, of 49, Monkstown Rd., Monkestown, Co. Dublin.
Lawlor Martin, 10307, Private, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died on the 13th of March 1917.
These two head stones commemorate brothers from the Lee family. Joseph Bagnall Lee Lieutenant with the 6th Royal Munster Fusiliers who was killed in action on August the 7th 1915 at Gallipoli age 27. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. He was the Son of Edward and Annie Lee, of Bellevue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. He was a Barrister-at law before joining the army and also Senior Moderator, B.A., L.l.D., T.C.D., and Barrister-at-Law. His brother Robert Earnest Lee was a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps was killed in the RMS Leinster tragedy.
Lennon Richard, M2/033377, Corporal, Army Service Corps, died on the 25th of September 1917. Grave Reference N. E1. 90. (Difficult to photograph because the headstone is directly facing a tree)
Lugton George Crow
Lugton George Crow, 10306 DA, Deck Hand, Royal Navy H.M.S. Boadicea II, died on the 10th of October 1918 aged 32. Son of John and Eliza Lugton, of 14, Custom House Square, Dunbar, East Lothian.
Lynch Patrick, M/279006, Private 615th M.T. Coy Army Service Corps, died on the 16 of May 1918 aged 44. Husband of Mary Teresa Lynch of 11, Brighton Cottages, Foxrock Co. Dublin.
Miller A P
Miller A P, 34784, Serjeant (Signaller), 15th Bty. Royal Field Artillery, died on the 24th of June 1920 aged 30. Son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Miller. His father and grandfather served in the R.A.
Murphy J served as J Kinsella, 9584, 4th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died on the 7th of January 1916.
O’Toole Patrick. Mercantile Marine S.S. Leinster Dublin. Died on the 10th of October 1918 when the S.S. Leinster was sunk by a German U-Boat in the Irish Sea. He was 23 years old. He is also commemorated on the headstone on the family grave in Deansgrange.
Phoenix James. Driver T/40420 3rd Res. H. T. Depot Army Service Corps. Died on the 27/04/1918. Husband of Bridget Lalor (formerly Phoenix), of The Old Hotel, Foxrock, Co. Dublin.
Prendergast Patrick, 90834, Private, Res. Depot Royal Defence Corps, died on the 27th of May 1920. Son of Mrs. Prendergast, of 56, Strand St., Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Roberts David Able Seaman J/41628 H.M. Trawler "Aracari" Royal Navy. Died on the 25/03/1919 aged 27. Son of David Roberts, of Dundee and husband of Catherine Fairweather Roberts of 35 Saint Salvador Street, Dundee.
Rooke Henry 912 Skipper H.M. Trawler "Dragon II" Royal Nave Reserve. Died on the 08/10/1918. Husband of Mary Elizabeth Rooke of 35 Dartmouth Street, Milford Haven.
Far too far from sight and speech but not too far for thoughts to reach.
Saul Michael. Private 1485 South Irish Horse. Died on the 09/04/1916 aged 18. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Saul, of 102, Patrick Street, Dun Laoghaire.
Saunders Robert. Deck Hand 12105DA, H.M.T. "Grecian Empire" Royal Naval Reserve. Died on the 24/02/1917 aged 20. Son of Mrs. E. Saunders of 71 Park Cottages, Ringsend, Dublin.
Scott W, Captain, Army Veterinary Corps, died on the 11th of November 1917.
Smith Alfred William
Smith Alfred William 1191/TS Engineman H.M.S. "Boadicea II" Died on the 09/10/1918. He is recorded on his headstone as W Smith.
The nominal parent ship of the Auxiliary Patrol at Kingstown was the yacht HMS BOADICEA II (she was also depot ship for Holyhead).
Smith John William
Smith John William. Greaser, Mercantile Marine S.S. "Leinster" (Dublin). He died on the 10/10/1918 aged 49. He was the son of Hannah and the late John William Smith; husband of Mary Smith (nee Maguire), of 17 Desmond Avenue, Kingstown, Co. Dublin. He was born in Leeds.
Stevens Edward George.
Stevens Edward George. M/2702 Writer H.M.S. "Boadicea II" Royal Navy. Died on the 26/10/1918 aged 27. Son of Lily Stevens of 67 Saint Leonards Road, Rodwell, Weymouth, and the late George Downing Stevens.
The nominal parent ship of the Auxiliary Patrol at Kingstown was the yacht HMS BOADICEA II (she was also depot ship for Holyhead).
Tierney Joseph Valentine
Tierney Joseph Valentine Corporal 73108 Signal Dept. (Fenny Stratford) Royal Engineers. Died on the 05/01/1916 aged 24. Son of Mrs. Mary Tierney of Milltown Lodge, Milltown.
Also his brother Corporal W L Tierney, Military Medal, Royal Engineers died on the 12/01/1923 aged 28.
Tozer Ernest George.
Tozer Ernest George. Deck Hand 3204/SD H.M.M.L. (His Majesties Motor Launch) 233 Royal Navy Reserve. Died on the 20/10/1918 aged 21. Son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Tozer, of 8, Hill Street, Ogmore Vale, Bridgend, Glamorgan.
Tyrell M. 3/5697 Corporal 3rd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Husband of B. Tyrell, of 25, King's Avenue, Ballybough, Dublin.
Williams William Stoker 1st Class K/14097 H.M.S. "Boadicea II" Royal Navy. Died on the 26/10/1918.
Wright Walter, Assistant Cook, Mercantile Marine Reserve H.M. Yacht "Helga", died on the 19th of October 1918 aged 27. Son of Sarah Wright, of Law View, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, and the late Archibald Wright. The Helga was used against the Rebels in the 1916 Rising and also took part in the rescue efforts of the RMS Leinster.
Young Arthur William
Young Arthur William, Stoker, 2123/T(Ch), Royal Naval Reserve H.M.S. "Hyderabad", drowned on the 7th of February 1919 aged 34. Son of William and Rachel Young, of South Bank, Yorks.
Leopardstown Park Nursing Home
In 2014 the graves of veterans of WW1 and WW2who were resident in Leopardstown Park nursing home were restored by Deansgrange.
World War II
Blake Thomas Christopher.
Blake Thomas Christopher. 1906375 Aircraftman 2nd Class Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on the 30/09/1945 aged 18. Son of Patrick and Mary Blake, of Dun Laoghaire.
Breen William. 13024359, Private, Pioneer Corps. Died 26/08/1941 aged 44. Son of Gerald and Honora Breen, of Dublin; husband of Margaret Breen, of Dublin.
Breslin Andrew. Master M.V. “Teasel”(Cardiff) Merchant Navy. Died on the 12/01/1941 aged 37. Husband of Kathleen Breslin, of Cabra.
In loving memory of Andrew sadly missed by his wife and children. Thy will be done.
Byrne William. 7043411, 6th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Died on the 21st of November 1940 aged 27. Son of John and Mary Byrne, of Dublin.
Dowse Herbert Richard, 1542071, Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died on the 22nd of October 1944 aged 22.
Also commemorated on this stone is his brother.
Arthur Patrick Dowse, 88035, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot Instructor.) 78 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died over German on the 17th of April 1943 aged 28. He is buried in Durnbach War Cemetery Germany. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Eager John. Private, 6405010, 8th Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment, died on the 12th of August 1940 aged 38. Son of William and Eiscalla Eager; husband of Anne Eager, of Sallynoggin.
Farrell Patrick. 1127676 Private Pioneer Corps. Died on the 30/05/1944 aged 38. Son of John and Julia Farrell; husband of Annie Farrell.
In loving memory of my dearest brother Patrick.
Farrell James. 1837131, Aircraftman 2nd Class, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died on the 21st of September 1944. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Farrell Thomas Laurence Christopher
Farrell Thomas Laurence Christopher, 1797500, Aircraftman 2nd Class Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died on the 8th of June 1945 aged 23. Son of Lawrence and Mary Farrell, of Crumlin, Dublin.
Fidgeon Kevin Finbarr.
Fidgeon Kevin Finbarr. 7047368 Fusilier 5th battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Died on the 24th of November 1941 aged 20.
Fitzpatrick Michael. 13122156, Private, Pioneer Corps, died on the 24th of March 1945.
Hollinshead Stanley. Master, Merchant Navy S.S. "Alexandra" (Liverpool), died on the 4th of December 1943. Son of Alfred and Caroline Hollinshead; husband of Violet Hollinshead, of Dun Laoghaire.
Lynch Patrick. M/279006, Private 615th M.T. Coy Army Service Corps, died on the 16 of May 1918 aged 44. Husband of Mary Teresa Lynch of 11, Brighton Cottages, Foxrock Co. Dublin.
Massy Cyril John.
Massy Cyril John. 365941, Lieutenant, 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars Royal Armoured Corps, died on the 7th of April 1947 aged 21. Son of the Hon. Francis John Ingoldsby Tristram and Evelyn R. Massy (nee Henry).
McCall James Bernard.
McCall James Bernard. Able Seaman S.S. "Duchess of Bedford" (London) Merchant Navy. Died on the 01/02/1944 aged 26. Son of Richard and Mary McCall of Drumcondra, Dublin.
McTaggart Jessie. 14390, Woman’s Royal Air Force, died on the 21st of January 1949. Daughter of Mrs. W. R. McTaggart, of 42/45, South King St., Dublin.
Murphy Robert Anthony.
Murphy Robert Anthony. 1909938, Aircraftman 2nd Class Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, died on the 2 of January 1947 aged 19. Son of James and Elizabeth Murphy, of Dublin.
O’Brien Richard. 13030499, Private, Corps of Military Police. Died on the 27th of August 1945 aged 28. Son of Thomas and Mary O'Brien, of Dublin; husband of Annie O'Brien, of Dublin.
Wheeler Michael. 1103602 Gunner Royal Artillery 3rd Reserve Medium Regiment. Died on the 13/07/1941 aged 18. Son of Charles Henry and Alicia Wheeler, of Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire).
Other Interesting Military Graves
Aherne Jeremiah Francis
Jeremiah Francis Aherne, (11 Feb 1889–26 May 1973) who was born in Clogheen, co. Tipperary, served in the Royal Engineers (SN 19730) from 3 January 1910 until July 1918 when he was redeployed home to Moore Park, Fermoy, Cork for Officer Cadet training. While an Acting Corporal in the Royal Engineers he served from 20 November 1914 until late December 1915 in the Ypres Salient, Belgium during which time he was in 17 Field Coy and later the 32nd Railway Operating Coy of the RE. In December 1915 he was redeployed to Salonika, Greece. On completion of his cadet training he was appointed to a temporary commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Munster Fusiliers on 5 March 1919 and immediately discharged to the Reserve. He appears in the Army List of 1 March 1920 with the Munster’s but not afterwards. He was awarded the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Silver War Badge. Jeremiah Aherne served as a commissioned Officer in the Railway Protection, Repairs and Maintenance Corps of the Free State army from 28 February 1923 to 29 June 1923 while supervising the fitting and armouring of Lancia Armoured Cars and armoured engines for use on the rail network. At the outbreak of WWII Jeremiah Aherne returned to military service. Between October 1939 and 11 September 1944 he served with 68 Coy, 128 Coy and 832 Coy of the Auxiliary Pioneer Corps, now the Royal Pioneer Corps (SN 45532). He served in France from 9 December 1939 until his evacuation with the rest of his company under heavy shelling and fire from Boulogne on 23 May 1940. The rest of his service was spent in Scotland. Having been promoted to Major he ended his service as Commanding Officer of 832 Coy from August 1942 until 11 September 1944 when he was posted to the Unemployed List of Officers. Interred with his wife, Joan McGrath in Plot 51 EI St. Brigid’s, Deans Grange Cemetery, Dublin.
(Information and image John Brennan)
Edward Joseph Woodall V.C.
Edward Joseph Woodall born in Manchester in 1896. Recipient of the Victoria Cross died on Saint Michael’s Hospital Dun Laoghaire on the 2nd of January 1962, buried in Deansgrange.
For most conspicuous bravery and fine leadership during an attack:
( La Pannerie, France ) Sergeant Woodall was in command of a platoon which, during an advance, was held up by a machine gun. On his own initiative he rushed forward and, single-handed, captured the gun and eight men.
After the objective had been gained, heavy fire was encountered from a farmhouse some 200 yards in front. Sergeant Woodall collected ten men and, with great dash and gallantry, rushed the farm and took thirty prisoners. Shortly afterwards, when the officer in command was killed, he took entire command, reorganised the two platoons, and disposed them most skilfully.
Throughout the day, in spite of intense shelling and machine-gun fire, this gallant N.C.O. was constantly on the move, encouraging the men and finding out and sending back invaluable information.
The example set by Sergeant Woodall was simply magnificent, and had a marked effect on the troops. The success of the operation on this portion of the front is attributed almost entirely to his coolness, courage and utter disregard for his own personal safety.
Joseph Woodall stayed in the Army after the war and on 7th March 1919 became a Second Lieutenant with one of the Service Battalions of The Rifle Brigade. He retired from the army as a Captain on 1st September 1921.
Medal entitlement of Captain Joseph Edward Woodall, 1st Battalion The Rifle Brigade:
Frederick William Jakeman
Working as a Chef in Burgh Quay Dublin, his body was found in a gas filled room over the Café he worked in. He was a RAF Corporal stationed at Leeming, Northallerton, Yorkshire, England. An RAF uniform was found stuffed in the chimney of the room he lived in. When the body was first found it was believed to be that of Stanley Ramsey who, like Jakeman, had served in the RAF was a chef and had two almost identical tattoos, Ramsey had served in the RAF and was friends with Jakeman ten years before Jameman’s death. An un-named civilian identified the body as that of Jakeman who it was believed had deserted from the RAF.
Captain James Vaughan R.N.
Sacred to the Memory of Captain James Vaughan R.N._ C. B. Who departed this life on the 29th April 1873 aged 44 years. He entered the Royal Navy in the year 1841 on board H.M.S. Scout. Was present at the operations on the River Plate. As Lieutenant he served in the Baltic and Black Seas during the years 1854 -5 and in the latter on board H.M.S. Britannia took part in the attack on the Batteries of Sebastopol.
In 1857 he joined H.M.S. “Shannon” Captain Sir William Peel V.C._ K.C.B. As senior Lieutenant and proceeded to India. During the mutiny he served as second in command of the Naval Brigade under that office and on his death from small pox assumed the sole command. He advanced to relief of Lucknow and there distinguished himself by his coolness and daring in taking his guns within a few yards of the walls and breaching them for the storming party.
For his services with the brigade he was promoted to the rank of commander awarded the Companionship of the Bath and on his arrival in England was further advanced to the rank of Captain.
As well as being a thorough sailor, he was an accomplished and gallant officer an affectionate and devoted husband, a warm and sincere friend, and died beloved and regretted by all who knew him.
This monument erected by his widow