Saturday, 15 March 2014

Brian Callender

Brian Callender was heavily involved in the Pipe Band of the Fianna in Ireland as wells as a Celtic Society and an acting group.

At some point he decided to enlist in the British Army and died of wounds in France while the Easter Rising was in progress. His Medal Index Card shows he entered France 20th December 1915 and was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

War Grave for Brian Callender

During the Rising, his wife attempted to take part as a rebel 

Margaret Keogh/Callender/Quinn Witness Statement

(Margaret Callender emigrated to the USA and married Aloysius Keogh who fought in the Easter Rising -  his brother Gerald was killed outside Trinity College)

In this witness statement he is listed as M Callender and noted as killed in France 1915

Joseph Reynolds Witness Statement

He appears in other witness statements, sometimes in relation to the work of his wife Margaret Quinn/Callender :

Seamus Cashin Witness Statement

James Kavanagh Witness Statement

Marie O'Brolchain Witness Statement

No mention in his brothers statement (an interesting document in itself)

Ignatius Callender Witness Statement

There are two documents relating to the pension of Ignatius Callender :

1. Pension Application of Ignatius Callender

2. Pension Application of Ignatius Callender

Another brother, Aloysius Callender, appears to have died while serving with the British Army :

Rifleman Callender

The South Dublin Libraries have a number of items relating to the Callender family, including a pass issued to Mrs Callender to take food to Patrick Pearse in prison.

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