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I found this in the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers War Diary for April/May 1916, entitled The Irish Rebellion:

Regards Mark

Mobile Column No.1 26 Officers and 558 other ranks left by route march for Crosshaven from Kinsale 11:30 pm 25 April 1916.

Made up of 4 Companies.

Lieutenant Colonel A J Digan DSO, Commanding

Major H M Hutchinson DSO

Lieutenant T Cheadle Adjutant

Captain A G Moutray Commanding No.4 Company

Captain I H Garvey Commanding No.2 Company

Captain J J Kavanagh Commanding No.3 Company

Captain J Tasker Commanding No.1 Company

Lieutenant H M Swifte Transport Officer

Lieutenant P Mc Bride Supply Officer

Lieutenant C A Brett Machine Gun Officer

2nd Lieutenant W Minch Signalling Officer

2nd Lieutenant S P Reed

2nd Lieutenant R T Roussel

2nd Lieutenant P D Low

2nd Lieutenant W L Tolputt

2nd Lieutenant J A Sheridan

2nd Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan

2nd Lieutenant S B Minch

2nd Lieutenant G A McDowell

2nd Lieutenant J F Desmond

2nd Lieutenant J M Forbes

2nd Lieutenant C W B Fitzgerald

Captain J D’Arcy joined Column 29 April 1916

2nd Lieutenant L G D’Arcy joined Column 29 April 1916

Below attached to 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers served with the column

Captain C B Pearson RAMC Medical Officer

2nd Lieutenant E R Clarke 10th East Surrey Regiment

2nd Lieutenant R L Osborne 14th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

2nd Lieutenant D L Lowns? 16th Battalion Royal Fusiliers

Proceeded to the Fota Estate via Queenstown and encamped on Lord Barrymore’s demense. 1 section of Royal Field Artillery attached to the column 26 April 1916

Column strengthened by 2 Officers and 12 other ranks of the Royal Engineers and one 4.7” gun and complement of the Royal Garrison Artillery 27 to 28 April 1916

Entrained for Wexford. 29 April 1916

Arrived Wexford and encamped outside the town. Detachment of 70 other ranks of the South Irish Horse under Lieutenant Colonel Lord Wicklow, a half composite battalion of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment, 4th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers under Major Willington, and a detachment of the Young Officers Company were attached to the Column 30 April 1916

Column marched to Killurin the concentration point for the attack on Enniscorthy. The rebels had meanwhile surrendered at the old uprising Battle Site at Vinegar Hill and the town was reached at 3 pm where the column went into camp on the Show Grounds. Captain C D O,Brien-Butler Adjutant 4th Battalion Royal Irish Regiment took over the duties of Staff Captain to the column. 1 May 1916

2 Officers and 50 other ranks of the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers acting in conjunction with the Royal Irish Constabulary under District Inspector H R Heggart arrested 56 prominent rebels in the town 2 May 1916

Surrounding countryside was patrolled in all directions 3 May 1916

Two companies, 250 men under the command of Major H M Hutchinson proceeded to Ferns 4 May 1916

Reached Gorey and encamped in the grounds of Sir George Errington’s residence 5 May 1916

Whole force returned to Enniscorthy 8 May 1916

The column left for New Ross 9 May 1916

118 rebels were arrested at Enniscorthy and a small quantity of rifles, shot guns and other arms were handed in. 1-9 May 1916

New Ross searched 9 May 1916

Waterford searched 10 May 1916

The Column left for Dungarvan remaining one night at Kilmacthomas 12 May 1916

The Column arrived Dungarvan 13 May 1916

The Royal Irish Constabulary in all the towns were adverse to any further arrests being made or a house to house search for arms as the majority of the people were not in sympathy with the Sinn Fein movement.

The Column left Dungarvan and spent the night in camped at Ballymacarberry 15/16 May 1916

Reached Clonmel 16 May 1916

Search at Clonmel resulted in capture of 3 Winchester 303 rifles and 8 persons were arrested.

The Column dispersed with the various detachments rejoining their units. 20 May 1916

4 Officers and 100 other ranks of the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers under Captain I H Garvey left at Clonmel to strengthen the garrison there and rejoined the Battalion some days later.

No. 3 Mobile Column formed with 20 Officers and 350 other ranks on 6 May 1916

Made up of 3 Companies.

Major O F Lloyd Commanding the Column

Captain F M S Gidson Adjutant

Captain N S B Kidson Commanding No.1 Company

Lieutenant L C Badham Supply Officer

Lieutenant J H R Dickson Commanding No.2 Company

2nd Lieutenant M D O’Rorke Commanding No.3 Company

2nd Lieutenant M J B Davey

2nd Lieutenant R H French

2nd Lieutenant F K Cummins

2nd Lieutenant W A Ussher Transport Officer

2nd Lieutenant R F Lenane

2nd Lieutenant E H Huggard

2nd Lieutenant F W S Jourdain Signalling Officer

2nd Lieutenant A Ribbons

Lieutenant B P Young RAMC Medical Officer

40 Officers and other ranks of 2/4th London Regiment (London Scottish)

2nd Lieutenant W Hamilton Joined column at Bandon 9 May 1916

2nd Lieutenant A Ribbons Joined column at Bandon 9 May 1916

Proceeded with 1 machine gun to Bandon, the point of assembly for the Column. Here they were joined by 2 Officers and 50 other ranks on detachment duty there and 4 Officers and 100 other ranks of the 2/4th London Regiment (London Scottish) with 2 Lewis guns. 6 May 1916

The Column remained at Bandon until 11 May 1916

During this time raids were made on houses of suspected persons resulting in the capture of 23 rebels and a number of shotguns and pikes as well as a quantity of equipment and blasting powder.

The Column proceeded to Clonakilty where the London Scottish Company left for Rosslare. Raids in this district resulted in the capture of 10 rebels and various articles of equipment 11 May 1916

The Column moved to Rosscarbery where they were joined by 2 Officers and 39 other ranks of the South Irish Horse and 1 Gun and complement of the Royal Field Artillery 15 May 1916

Marched to Skibbereen 16 May 1916

Raids made in Skibbereen and the surrounding district resulted in the capture of 3 rebels, a quantity of Sinn Fein Literature, 1 rifle, 2 shotguns, 1 revolver and a small supply of ammunition.

The Column moved to Bantry via Ballydehob and remained one day 22 May 1916

Bantry was reached 24 May 1916

Police did not require any arrests to be made at Bantry.

The details from South Irish Horse and Royal Field Artillery proceeded to rejoin their units 26 May 1916

The Column returned to Kinsale 27 May 1916


Mobile Column No.1 left for Crosshaven. Lieutenant Colonel A J Digan, DSO Commanding 11:30 pm 25 April 1916

2nd Lieutenant H E Bevis and 25 other ranks left Headquarters for Waterville to reinforce the detachment there. Returned to Headquarters 3 May 1916

Mobile Column No.3 proceeded to Bandon. Major O F Lloyd, Commanding 6 May 1916

2nd Lieutenants R H French and U A Moore with 50 other ranks proceeded to Bandon where they captured 7 rebels, some rifles, as well as a quantity of ammunition and equipment. They were absorbed into the No.3 Column 6 May 1916

Lieutenant L C Badham MC with 30 other ranks operating from Headquarters made 2 raids on houses of suspected persons in the Kinsale district on 4 and 5 May 1916. 11 rebels were arrested and 2 Lee Enfield rifles, 5 shot guns and a quantity of ammunition and equipment seized.

The detachment at Crosshaven moved to Kinsale and the 4th Battalion The Connaught Rangers took over from them. 6 Officers and B, E and K Companies arrived at Charles Fort, 22 May 1916

A redistribution of the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers companies took place at Kinsale 24 May 1916

In Barracks Kinsale: C, D, H, K, and L Companies

In Charles Fort: A, B, C, E, F, G and I Companies

A decrease in strength of the Battalion, with a resulting reduction in the number of companies.

I Company disbanded 30 June 1916

K Company disbanded 29 July 1916

L Company disbanded 25 Aug 1916

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Hallo Mark,

many thanks for posting this information, I find it very interesting, the 3rd Connaughts were recruiting out of Castlebar Infantry Barracks, County Mayo, in which as a Irish soldier I served myself, over 60% of the original barracks remains despite it being partly burned in the Irish Civil War.

Hallo GDav,

I have come across the term flying column in conjunction with the British Army in County Mayo circa the early 1800's. I believe it to be a general term for a small ad-hoc unit moved quickly from place to place, thereby allowing a company to cover a larger area.

I think "Flying Column" became a name more used in connection with the old IRA, usually in regards to very small mobile active service units that tended to use hit and run tactics, especially in the more rugged areas of Ireland such as the West.

The (Irish) volunteers in Mayo are recorded as joining the British Army en-mass and going off to fight in WW1, the Volunteer Bands playing the British Army off at the train station in Ballina, and there is also evidence that some of their instructors were serving in the local Infantry Barracks in Castlebar.



On Friday morning the proclamation declaring martial law for a month was posted in Castlebar for the first time. On the same day was posted the order of General Maxwell regarding the surrender of fire arms, and on Saturday the Sinn Feinn Volunteers, in Castlebar surrendered arms and ammunition. 23 rifles were handed in.

Connaught Stranger :D

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My Great Grandfather John Heaney was the Orderly Room Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers at this time having been invalided back to Ireland from the 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in Nov 1915. So I was looking for any mention of him in the Diary. He was from Castlebar and lived on Ellison Street with his wife Mabel (Young). After the war I believe he was an estate manager on Lord Lucan's estate for a while.

There is no mention of Flying Columns in the Diary just Mobile Columns.

Regards Mark

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Hi Connaught Stranger,

Here is the rest of the information I got from the Diary for the 3rd Battalion to the end of then war.

Regards Mark

2nd Lieutenants F K Cummins and D L Louw with a 50 man detachment proceeded to Macroom 18 July 1916

General Inspection.

23 Officers and 283 other ranks entrained for Cork and were inspected by Field Marshal J D P French CIC Home Forces on Cork Park Race Course 11 July 1917

Captain G E de Staepoole takes over command of detachment at Macroom when 2nd Lieutenant DL Louw returned to Kinsale. 18 July 1916

Whole detachment returned from Macroom to Head Quarters 10 Aug 1916

Lieutenant T A Dillon ceases to hold the position of Assistant Adjutant and moves back to 4th Battalion, The Connaught Ranges 31 Aug 1916

Captain AW P T Whyte took over command from Captain N S Kidson of ‘D’ Company 21 March 1917

Battalion strength 31 March 1917

Officers 39



Sergeants 56

Corporals 49

Rank and file 558

Total strength 710

Captain C F Underhill Faithorne took over command from Major R J Tamplin DSO of ‘A’ Company 1 April 1917

Battalion strength 3 April 1917

Officers 39



Sergeants 56

Corporals 49

Rank and file 558

Total strength 713

Battalion strength 31 May 1917

Officers 41



Sergeants 55

Corporals 41

Rank and file 504

Total strength 652

Battalion strength 30 June 1917

Officers 44



Sergeants 49

Corporals 37

Rank and file 475

Total strength 614

Brigadier General Lake CB visited the hutments at Charles Fort on tour of inspection 28 Sept 1917

Reduced the 3rd Battalion establishment to 2 Companies. C and F disbanded.

A and D Companies form the establishment of the 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers 29 Sept 1917

Draft of 15 sent to BEF in France 9 Oct 1917

Draft of 1 a Sergeant sent to BEF in France 16 Oct 1917

Draft of 9 sent to 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers in Egypt 17 Oct 1917

Draft of 3 Category A4 men sent to 4th Royal Irish Regiment (Young Soldiers Battalion), Queenstown in Ireland 19 Oct 1917

Transferred to Newcastle, England with 3rd Battalion (Reserve) 5 Nov 1917

Proceeded by train from Kinsale for Dublin. A draft of 10 for the 5th Battalion, The Connaught Rangers left at Cork 5 Nov 1917

Arrived Pembroke Dock, via Dublin and Holyhead and proceeded to Llamian Barracks 7 Nov 1917

Captain J Tasker with 1 Sergeant and 27 men reported from Kinsale 11 Nov 1917

Proceeded to Golden Hill Camp, just outside Millford Haven 14 Nov 1917

Captain Kemball and 70 men arrived via Fishguard with horses and heavy luggage 21 Nov 1917

Lieutenant Colonel Truell proceeded to resume command of the 12th Manchester Regiment 26 Nov 1917

Proceeded to Cosheston Camp, outside Pembroke Dock 26 Nov 1917

Draft of 20 Category A4 recruits sent to India 27 Nov 1917

Draft of 17 Category A4 recruits sent to India 3 Dec 1917

Sergeant M J B Davy qualified as a 1st Class Instructor (Distinguished) at the 36th Rifle Course at the Irish Command School of Musketry 3 Dec 1917

2nd Lieutenants S V Davidson, M Bryne, J E Bowyinge, and Colour Sergeant Major W Armstrong passed the 8th Area Anti Gas Course at Pembroke Dock 5 Dec 1917

Draft of 22 men sent to the BEF in France 5 Dec 1917

2nd Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan and 20 men attended Bombing Course at Defensible Hill 6 Dec 1917

4 men transferred to Army Service Course, 2 men to Army Veterinary Corps and 1 man to Royal Engineers and 1 to the Royal Flying Corps 10 Dec 1917

2nd Lieutenant’s C L Walsh, L L Walshe, D Daly, E R Clarke, J McGuire, J King and W D Walken passed the 11th Special Course at the Formation Anti Gas School, Pembroke Dock 12 Dec 1917

Major H F N Jourdain CMG arrived from sick leave on return from the BEF in France 15 Dec 1917

Advance party of Captain Kemball, Lieutenant Davy and 50 men proceeded to Newcastle upon Tyne 17 Dec 1917

Draft of 10 men sent to BEF in France 19 Dec 1917

11 Category B men transferred to the Garrison Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles in India 20 Dec 1917

The battalion marched out at 8.30 am and proceeded by special train to Newcastle upon Tyne at 10:15am arrived midnight 21 Dec 1917

Billets for HQ at Gratham Road School

A Company at Clarence Street School

D Company at West Fesmount School

Lt Colonel Digan DSO proceeded to join the BEF in France 28 Dec 1917

Lt Colonel A W Blockley assumed temporary command of battalion pending succession to Lt Col Digan DSO 29 Dec 1917

Corporal P Butten passed 1st Class Instructor, and Lance Corporal S Lane passed 2nd Class Instructor at the Lewis Gun Course, Western Command School of Musketry, Altcan, 1 Jan 1918

Corporal W Spearman passed 1st Class Instructor, and Corporal R Williams passed 2nd Class Instructor at the 39th Rifle Course, Western Command School of Musketry, Altcan, 16 Jan 1918

Sergeant Wheeler proceeded to Royal Flying Corps Uxbridge as a Gunnery Instructor 17 Jan 1918

Lt Colonel H.F.N Jourdain arrives at the Battalion 18 Jan 1918

Lt Colonel H.F.N Jourdain takes command of the 3rd Battalion from 19 Jan 1918 (47th Brigade)

Lieutenant J F B O’Sullivan obtained a Special Certificate at the 46th Course, Command Bombing School

25 Jan 1918

Strength of Battalion 63 Officers and 368 other ranks 31 Jan 1918

Lieutenant J J Oope MC obtained a Special Certificate at the 47th Course, Command Bombing School 31 Jan 1918

Presentation of Shamrocks to the Battalion (worn in their caps) on eve of Saint Patrick’s Day by Ladies from the Committee of the Tyneside Irish Brigade while on parade on Gratham Road.

Senior Officer on parade General Officer Commanding Tyne Garrison, Major General R A K Montgomery CB DSO.

42 Officers and 225 other ranks on parade 16 Mar 1918

Lt Colonel A W Blockley procceded to join the BEF in France attached to Northumberland Fusiliers 22 Feb 1918

3rd Battalion (Reserve) Transferred to Dover, England May 1918

3rd Battalion strength 55 Officers and 310 other ranks 30 April 1918

Advance party of Major R L Payne DSO, Captain C A B Brett MC, Lieutenant R H French MC and 50 men proceeded to take over the camp in Dover from the 4th Leinster Regiment 9 May 1918

The battalion proceeded by 2 trains to Dover, leaving at 7.50 am and 10.15 am. Arrived at 7.15 pm and 10.30 pm. The battalion was accommodated under canvas at Elmsvale Camp, Folkestone Road, Dover 13 May 1918

The 3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers absorbed into 4th Battalion (Extra Reserve)

17 Officers and 113 men 16 May 1918

3rd Battalion reorganized on a 4 company basis. 25 May 1918

A Company – Major C F Underhill Faithorne

B Company – Major E G S Truell

C Company – Temporary Captain R R Martin

D Company – Captain A W P T Whyte

Battalion strength 85 Officers and 530 other ranks 31 May 1918.

Battalion strength 85 Officers and 587 other ranks 30 June 1918.

419 other ranks from the 3rd and 4th Battalions, Durham Light Infantry arrived at the railway station and taken on strength 17 July 1918

Battalion strength 82 Officers and 586 Connaught Rangers other ranks and 418 Durham Light Infantry other ranks 31 July 1918.

General Court Martial of 2nd Lieutenant R H Rooney at Dover 3 Aug 1918

The Regimental Band played throughout the summer in the Granville Gardens, Dover

Battalion strength 31 Aug 1918

Officers 90

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 660

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 418

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 32

Total Strength 1110

Battalion strength 30 Sept 1918

Officers 84

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 721

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 418

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 30

Total Strength 1169

Inspection of Training by General Sir William Robertson GOC in C Home Forces 11 Oct 1918

Battalion moved from under canvas into billets in unoccupied houses in Dover. 18 Oct 1918

Located from Maxton House to the Town Hall, in Folkstone Road, Saint Martins Hill, Effingham Crescent, Effingham Lawn, Norman Street and Saint Johns Road

Battalion strength 31 Oct 1918

Officers 83

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 718

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 408

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 30

Others 5

Total Strength 1161

275 men from the Durham Light Infantry left by special train at 6.55 am for the BEF in France via Southampton 5 Nov 1918

Battalion strength 30 Nov 1918

Officers 72

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 724

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 135

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 40

Total Strength 899

12 Days Christmas leave for every man in 3rd Battalion, in ¼ Battalion strengths.

First quarter departed the Battalion 7 Dec 1918

Last quarter returned to the Battalion 22 Jan 1919

Battalion strength 31 Dec 1918

Officers 63

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 770

Other Ranks Durham Light Infantry 11

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 39

Other Ranks Army Gymnastics Staff 2

Other Ranks RAOD 1

Total Strength 823

Battalion strength 31 Jan 1919

Officers 70

Other Ranks Connaught Rangers 620

Other Ranks Home Service Employment Company 13

Other Ranks Other Units 3

Total Strength 636

3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers returns to Pre War Establishment 11 March 1919

32 Officers

9 Warrant Officers

5 Staff and Colour Sergeants

41 Sergeants

52 Corporals

16 Drummers

905 Privates

Total Strength 1060

With additional Company duties carried out by the Royal Defence Corps

6 Officers

1 Colour Sergeant Major

13 Staff Sergeants and Sergeants

3rd Battalion, The Connaught Rangers Total Strength

72 Battalion Officers

10 Royal Irish Regiment

2 Royal Munster Fusiliers

3 Durham Light Infantry.

Total Officers 87.

502 Battalion other ranks

5 Home Service Employment Company

2 Remount. Total 509

Total 595

Lt Colonel H.F.N Jourdain relinquishes the command of the 3rd Battalion 1 April 1919

Lt Colonel A J Dijan DSO takes command of the 3rd Battalion 2 April 1919

Battalion Strength 30 April 1919

Officers 67, Attached 12 Total 79

Other Ranks 586 Attached 1 Total 587

Total Strength 666

16 Officers and 206 other ranks made up of 1st Battalion details were handed over to the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Connaught Rangers on its formation at Grand Shaft Barracks, Dover 31 May 1919

3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers moved from Grand Shaft Barracks to the Hutments at North Fall Meadows, Dover 2 June 1919

Germany signed Peace Treaty 28 June 1919

3rd Battalion strength 50 Officers and 501 other ranks 29 June 1919

Holiday for all the Army 30-31 June 1919

Personnel from the 3rd Battalion absorbed into the 2nd Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Colonel W A Hamilton. 22 July 1919

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  • 5 months later...

Hi Mark

Fascinating posts. My grandfather - Sergeant Frederick Baker - was made orderly room clerk at Kinsale for the 3rd Battalion in April 1914. I wonder if he knew your great grandfather. I have a 1910 newspaper clipping of the sergeants of the 3rd Battalion with Lt Col Inglis - taken at Renmore Barracks. I guess your grandfather might be on that ? Have you any photographs on which my grandafther might appear ?

Also the Mobile Columns - very many thanks for this post. Two things: I did not know a war diary existed for the 3rd Battalion - where is it located ? Also I have a postcard from Frank Begley to my Grandfather - it is dated May12 1916 and is posted from Kilmacthomas to my grandfather back in Kinsale. As your post demonstrates Begley was with the Mobile Column which stayed that night in Kilmacthomas. Interestingly the post card was a picture postcard with the picture entitled The Irish Rebellion May 1916 and showing damage to church street - it had reached Kilmacthomas ready for dsale within 12 days !


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Hi Kinsalegreg,

I should think they knew each other. I will have a look to see if I can find him mentioned in the pages I have copies.

The 3rd Battalion Diary is held at the National Archives at Kew gardens, London.

for 1908-1919 WO 79/40 and 1861 to 1907 WO 68/324



Sorry I do not have any group photo,s of my Great Grandfather but I would be interested at seeing the picture you have.

That is interesting about the post card. Did he serve with any of the other Battalions aswell?

Regards Mark

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Thanks for the quick return and the info about the Battalion diary - I'll make sure I get down there asap to read through. My grandfather signed up in 1900 with the 1st Battalion and went to S Africa. He was awarded the Queen's medal with clasps for SAfrica 1902, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony. I can place him in 1910 - as I noted - at Renmore with the 3rd Battalion which was a product of the Haldane reforms. I think there was a practice of putting a regular spine into these new battalions. He was with the 3rd Battalion in Kinsale in 1914 and 1915 and died in 1921 (appendicitis!) having reenlisted and rejoined the 1st Battalion at Renmore. There is a family story that he was in Mesopotamia but I doubt that; I think he may have been out in France in the lead up to Xmas 1914 but was definitely back in Knsale in Spring 1915 (when he impregated my gran with my mother !)

The image I have is a photocopy of a newspaper clipping. I think it is a local Connaught newspaper and will not scan/copy very well but I am happy to try. I will be ersearching the newspapers in Galway later this year and will try for a better copy.


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Thanks for the MIC - I have a copy but it is indistinct.

I have scanned in the newspaper clipping but cannot attch as it is considered too large. Can you email my hotmail address - greglodge68@hotmail.com - and I will try to attach it to a reply.I hope it is helpful but as I said I will be in Galway some time this year to see if I can get a better one straight from the press. Incidentally, I have a post card dated 12/5/1916 to my grandfather from his firend Frank Begley - I now know from your post that he was with Mobile Column 1 as it is posted from Kilmacthomas the exact day your post noted the column staying the night there ! Interestingly on the other side is a picture of Church Street Dublin after the rebellion - so within a fortnight a postcard was printed, distributed and appeared at Kilmacthomas.

Best wishes


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Here are two letters included in the War Diary about two Connaught Rangers in Dublin during April/May 1916.

Regards Mark

No 7136 Sergeant C Leeson

1/ Retained under authority of G.O.C. Troops Ireland until 3 5 1916 doing duty.

“Leave extended for 48 hours 6.5.1916. Has executed his duty in defending telephone exchange well, reported on by Officer in charge.”

(Officer Commanding) Powerscourt, Captain

Assistant Provost Marshal

2/ The Adjutant

3rd Connaught Rangers


Dublin 2 May 1916


I have the honour to report that no 7136 Sergeant C Leeson 3rd Connaught Rangers reported to me at 8-30am 25th April. I examined his pass which expired on the 27th April; on the authority of G.O.C. Dublin Garrison I detained him! He is an excellent NCO. On several occasions he exposed himself in the open street in order to reply to the fire of snipers the later causing a great deal of discomfort to the female operators of the District Telephone Exchange. He was also useful in obtaining food on requisition and escorting the operators to their homes, often under heavy fire from the rebels. He also gave me great assistance in the suppression of looting.

I have the honour to be Sir.

Your obedient servant

J Kearmis, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Irish Regiment.

Commanding Telephone Exchange Guard.

No 409 Sergeant J J Barror

1/ This is to certify that Sergeant J Barror 3rd Battalion The Connaught Rangers has been doing duty with the 10th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, from 25th April 1916 to 8th May inclusive, and has done good service.

L.G. Eomonde Lieutenant Colonel

Commanding 10th Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers

Royal Barracks Dublin


2/ Officer Commanding 3rd Connaught Rangers


Dublin 2 May 1916


I have the honour to inform you that Sergeant Barror has been associated with me throughout the operations against the Sein Feiners. He brought me much valuable information from time to time, and on one occasion we were able to bag two snipers, who had been worrying us for some time. He is an excellent shot and I only wish I could be associated with him at the front.

I have the honour to be Sir.

Your obedient servant

W J Clarke, 2nd Lieutenant, 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

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L. G. Eomonde is Laurence Grattan Esmonde he never recieved any medals for the First World War although he was mentioned in dispatches while commanding a battalion which came under fire which I would say is pretty unique, he died in 1943 in Dublin. Are the above letters in WO 79/40 ?

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Thanks for the correct spelling of his name.

The copies of the letters have been written into the Diary. The original letters are not present. WO 79/40 should be correct.

Regards Mark

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Thank you for the scans, you may know already but perhaps you might be interested to know that Second Lieutenant Wilfred John Clarke RDF was killed at Ginchy a couple of months after the rising.

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Hi Conor,

Would you have any information on Temporary Second Lieutenant William Jackson commisioned into the 11th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusilers 29 Jan 1918 from the ranks having served with D Company, 7th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

Regards Mark

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I presume you have the photo and details from the Pals at Suvla Bay otherwise:

Born Dublin, the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson 14 Grantham Street Dublin

Educated St. Catherine´s School and emoloyed as a factory foreman.

Joined 7th Battalion on the outbreak of war, also had 3 brothers and 2 sisters on war service.

Brother of Rev Joseph Jackson Rector of Claremorris

Other than that most of the details are pretty easy to come by CWGC etc.

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Hi Conor,

Thanks for that.

Yes I do have the Photo and Book Pals at Suvla. I was just checking in case you had anything extra.

He was Attached to 23rd (1st Sportsman's) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, France 10 Aug 1918

Killed in action, France 30 Sept 1918

From 23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers War Diary

“On the early morning of the 30 Sept the Bn delivered an attack on the enemy positions of Mt L’Ouevre. The attack was unsuccessful and causalities of 2 Officers and 64 OR’s were sustained. In the evening of 30th Sept the Bn was relieved by the 52nd L I and the 24th R.Fus and moved back into bivouac positions west of Nine Wood.”

The 2nd Division History mentions the action,

“The Division had just crossed the Canal du Nord South East of Cambrai, and the 99th Brigade (including the 23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers) attacked a strong position on the Cambrai-Masnieres road, on a piece of high ground called Mont-sur-l'Ouevres and a railway line. 2 officers and about 60 men were casualties, and the attack wasn't pressed home.”

He's in the Roll of Honour in the 23rd (1st Sportsman's) (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers History.

His Brother the Rev Joseph Jackson Rector of Claremorris would be my Great Great Uncle.

Thanks again,


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  • 10 years later...

I have a question about WW1 that I have been trying to get an answer to. Was it common for American citizens during WW1 to join the British Army (Connaught Rangers)? The reason I ask is that my great uncle, an American citizen born and lived in NewYork, joined the Connaught Rangers in 1914. He was in the 3rd Battalion, D Company. He signed up in St. Pancras and discharged as a Private in Kinsale. If it was common, what would have been the motivation for him to join the British Army.

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Thanks, Chris! His father was born in Massachusetts and his grandfather was born in Dublin, Ireland (grandmother was Canadian). So, yes. Btw, his Service Number was 4892.

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What would have been the motivation for him to join the British Army/Connaught Rangers as a person of Irish decent living in New York. I'm just trying to get a grasp on this so I can write a bio about him.

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