Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Private Alfred Sibley

Alfred Nathan Sibley was 20years and 8months old when he enlisted as 3308, Private in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) on the 30th October 1914. He was killed in Dublin on the 26th April 1916 at the Battle of Mount Street Bridge.

His address at the time of enlistment was 10 Wilkinson Avenue, Beeston, Notts.

Private Ernest Farnsworth

Private Ernest Farnsworth, number 2961, 2/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) was one of the soldiers killed at the Battle of Mount Street during the Easter Rising.

Born in Sheffield in 1891, he was living at 16 Ashover Terrace, Manning Street, Nottingham when he enlisted on the 5th October 1914.

His brother William Farnsworth was to die in France and Flanders the following year.

Nottingham Roll of Honour

William Farnsworth

Ernest is not commemorated on the Nottingham Roll of Honour.

UPDATE 27th APRIL 1916
Having been omitted from the Nottingham Roll of Honour, Ernest Farnsworth's name now appears on the list.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Book Launch

I headed over to Dublin on Thursday for the launch of When the Clock Struck in 1916 at the School House Hotel in Ballsbridge. Great to be in a building associated with the Easter Rising (with bullet holes clearly visible in the roof space prompting a discussion about entry and exit holes) and to be able to speak to people with a great deal of knowledge about the Easter Rising.

Picked up a copy of the book and have made a start reading it. One chapter done; very well researched and written.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

De Valera in America

Always on the look out for 2nd hand books relating to the Easter Rising, War of Independence, Civil War, WW1 and picked up a copy of "De Valera in America" in a shop in Oxford for £2.00. Thought it was an older book (the cover made it look old) but it appears to be a 2010 publication.

Interesting so far. Harry Boland gets a good write up. Some dodgy US characters on the platform with De Valera.

Thomas Dickson

Thomas Dickson was shot in Portobello Barracks during the Easter Rising alongside Francis Sheehy Skeffinton and Patrick Joseph McIntyre.

Described in the enquiry as a deformed Scotsman, he was working as a journalist in Dublin as editor of a loyalist/Unionist paper called Eye-Opener. No real details found so far re this newspaper and who else was involved with it.

Born around 1885 in Glasgow, Thomas Dickson was the son of Samuel Dickson and Annie McDonagh. Both parents were born in Ireland.

In the 1891 census the family are living at 118 Parson St, Glasgow. Samuel is aged 35, Annie aged 27. The children listed as Thomas (6), John Dignam Dickson (4), Samuel (3) and James (1).

In the 1901 census the family are living at 28 Glebe St, Glasgow. Samuel is aged 45, Annie aged 37. The children as listed as Thomas (16), John (14), Samuel (13), James (11), Hugh (6), Mary (7), Honorah (4) and Margaret (1). Thomas is listed as an Advertising Agent.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

2/6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters

A nice write up of the war record of the 2/6th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters appears at the following link including details of their time in the Easter Rising


Thursday, 12 March 2015

1916 Casualties

Glasnevin Cemetery has completed a project to look into the numbers killed during the Easter Rising or killed as a result of the Rising


Have to see more information to determine if I could believe this - as usual, no mention of the German sailors killed in the operations in support of the Rising.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Dublin trip for 1916 Book Launch

Heading to Dublin at the end of March for the launch of a 1916 related book. This event is taking place at the School House which is quite appropriate