Michæl McFarland Campbell

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We will remember them: the Dublin Scouts who died in the First and Second World War

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Each year at Remembrancetide, I try to find some connection with those who served in the First and Second World Wars to make it mean something more to me. This year, I thought that it would be good to see if there were connections with Dublin where I currently am a Scouter with Scouting Ireland.

With thanks to the Scouts Roll of Honour hosted by The Scout Association in the UK, we are able to find out that there were at least eight Scouts/Scouters from Dublin troops who died in the First World War, and at least 16 in the Second World War.

Their names and troop information are listed below, together with information about their service and when they died where it is known.

First World War

NameDate of deathServiceScout connection
Captain G.G. Duggan17 August 19155th Battalion Royal Irish FusiliersHonorary Secretary Financial Committee Dublin Boy Scouts
Able Seaman Robert ValentineHMS VanguardLate Scout, 7th Co. Dublin (Donnybrook) Troop
Private Fred Burrows13 November 1916Royal Dublin FusiliersLate boatman, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts
Trooper Philip de Ruyter13 December 1917South Irish HorseLate Patrol Leader, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts
Bernard FerriesCarpenters’ Crew, HMS VanguardLate Assistant Scoutmaster, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts
Seaman Henry MillsHMS IndefatigableLate Boatman, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts
Private A.W. Fowler4 September 1918Hampshire RegimentLate Scout, 6th County of Dublin (Leeson Park) Troop
Corporal Albert E. Narramore8 October 1918Royal Dublin FusiliersLate Scout, 6th South Dublin (Leeson Park), Troop

Second World War

NameDate of deathServiceScouting connection
Engineer Francis James Burke16 April 1942Royal Navy28th Dublin Group
R. HallRoyal Air Force8th Dublin (Clontarf) Group
Sergeant Observer T.C. HammondSeptember 1939Royal Air Force6th South Dublin (Leeson Park) Group
E. HowleyArmy8th Dublin (Clontarf) Group
Sergeant W.E.B. Jesse DFCRoyal Air Force32nd Dublin Group
Ordinary Seaman Edward Kearney19 September 1941Merchant Navy2nd Port of Dublin (Clontarf) Group
Chief Officer John Knight17 February 1941Merchant Navy3rd Port of Dublin Sea Scout Group
W. LloydRoyal Artillery6th South Dublin (Leeson Park) Group
Flight Sergeant Edward Walter McGrath29 November 1944Royal Air Force1st Dublin (Lord Holmpatrick’s Own) Group
Leading Aircraftman Thomas J. Murray16 July 1940Royal Air Force28th Dublin Group
Gunner Bernard O’Rafferty9 June 1941Royal Navy3rd Port of Dublin Sea Scouts
Sergeant D. OrrRoyal Air Force33rd Dublin (Sandford Church) Group
Sergeant D. RoweRoyal Air Force33rd Dublin (Sandford Church) Group
Horace Savage24 July 1943Army8th Dublin (Clontarf) Group
Lieutenant C. SmallArmy33rd Dublin (Sandford Church) Group
Rear Gunner A. ThompsonRoyal Air Force13th Dublin (1st Blackrock Avoca School) Group

Tomorrow morning, when there is a two minutes’ silence whilst I am at church, I will be thinking of these Scouts and Scouters who died in the service of their King and Country during both the First and Second World Wars. I will also give thanks for the peace that we enjoy in our day and age. I hope that Dublin Scouts will remember their fallen still.

At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
we will remember them.

Laurence Binyon, For the Fallen.

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