We will remember them: the Dublin Scouts who died in the First and Second World War
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
|Name||Date of death||Service||Scout connection|
|Captain G.G. Duggan||17 August 1915||5th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers||Honorary Secretary Financial Committee Dublin Boy Scouts|
|Able Seaman Robert Valentine||HMS Vanguard||Late Scout, 7th Co. Dublin (Donnybrook) Troop|
|Private Fred Burrows||13 November 1916||Royal Dublin Fusiliers||Late boatman, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts|
|Trooper Philip de Ruyter||13 December 1917||South Irish Horse||Late Patrol Leader, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts|
|Bernard Ferries||Carpenters’ Crew, HMS Vanguard||Late Assistant Scoutmaster, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts|
|Seaman Henry Mills||HMS Indefatigable||Late Boatman, 1st Port of Dublin Sea Scouts|
|Private A.W. Fowler||4 September 1918||Hampshire Regiment||Late Scout, 6th County of Dublin (Leeson Park) Troop|
|Corporal Albert E. Narramore||8 October 1918||Royal Dublin Fusiliers||Late Scout, 6th South Dublin (Leeson Park), Troop|
Second World War
|Name||Date of death||Service||Scouting connection|
|Engineer Francis James Burke||16 April 1942||Royal Navy||28th Dublin Group|
|R. Hall||Royal Air Force||8th Dublin (Clontarf) Group|
|Sergeant Observer T.C. Hammond||September 1939||Royal Air Force||6th South Dublin (Leeson Park) Group|
|E. Howley||Army||8th Dublin (Clontarf) Group|
|Sergeant W.E.B. Jesse DFC||Royal Air Force||32nd Dublin Group|
|Ordinary Seaman Edward Kearney||19 September 1941||Merchant Navy||2nd Port of Dublin (Clontarf) Group|
|Chief Officer John Knight||17 February 1941||Merchant Navy||3rd Port of Dublin Sea Scout Group|
|W. Lloyd||Royal Artillery||6th South Dublin (Leeson Park) Group|
|Flight Sergeant Edward Walter McGrath||29 November 1944||Royal Air Force||1st Dublin (Lord Holmpatrick’s Own) Group|
|Leading Aircraftman Thomas J. Murray||16 July 1940||Royal Air Force||28th Dublin Group|
|Gunner Bernard O’Rafferty||9 June 1941||Royal Navy||3rd Port of Dublin Sea Scouts|
|Sergeant D. Orr||Royal Air Force||33rd Dublin (Sandford Church) Group|
|Sergeant D. Rowe||Royal Air Force||33rd Dublin (Sandford Church) Group|
|Horace Savage||24 July 1943||Army||8th Dublin (Clontarf) Group|
|Lieutenant C. Small||Army||33rd Dublin (Sandford Church) Group|
|Rear Gunner A. Thompson||Royal Air Force||13th 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.