Posted 24 October 2009 - 10:33 AM
I started doing some work on this a while back but never completed it,. It is on my list of things to do at some stage. These are my notes which may be of some use.
MEMBERS OF THE IRISH BRIGADE
The following notes are an analysis of the men who joined the Irish Brigade (IB) at Limburg Prisoner of War Camp between December 1914 and May 1915. The men listed below are taken from a précis of the evidence compiled by MI5 held at National Archive, Kew in file WO141/9.
However, it should be realised that not all of them would have been members of the IB as explained below.
The précis of evidence lists 65 men. The 48 men numbered in the range 1-50 were on a list of men who had joined the IB as provided by 2 NCO’s at the camp in the Royal Munster Fusiliers.
A number of other men were on a list provided by the American Embassy dated 28/6/1915 to C.2.Cas (?) of men who had been transferred from from Limburg to Zossen. As 47 men on the list were also on the list provided by the Royal Munster Fusiliers it was assumed (at least initially) that ALL men on the list were likely to be members of the IB. However, as explained below, this is erroneous and not all of the men on the American Embassy list had actually transferred to Zossen.
Unfortunately, the list available in WO141/9 only lists the men’s surnames with one or more MI5 file references against each man – this makes precise identification difficult. However, some of the men can be identified using other information in the file.
The following men were in the range 1-50 and I have been able to check their MIC and believe their medals were forfeited and they were POW’s they can be accepted as having been in the IB (at least as far as MI5 were concerned). The number against each man is his number in the MI5 file.
2. Pvt Joseph Stacey (7895) – Ryl Dublin Fusiliers
3. John Curry (11324) – Ryl Dublin Fusiliers
4. Pvt Henry Burke (11438) – Ryl Dublin Fusiliers
21. Cpl Timothy Quinlisk or Quinless (10435) – Ryl Irish Reg
22/23. Pvt Michael Keogh, down as Kehoe on his MIC (10687) – Ryl Irish Reg, strangely he is down as having a replacement 1914 Star issued
22/23 Pvt Patrick Keogh (10771) – Ryl Irish Rifles
36. Pvt John Greer (7708) – 2nd Ryl Irish Rifles
37. Pvt Robert Scanlon, down as Scanlan on his MIC (7576) – 2nd Ryl Irish Rifles
38. James Carroll (7453) – Ryl Irish Rifles
39. Pvt Patrick McGrath (6208) – Ryl Irish Reg, although his MIC also mentions he was in Worcestershire Reg (74660).
53. Pvt Thomas Wilson (11350) Royal Dublin Fusiliers. He is believed to have got a local German girl ‘into trouble’ and joined the IB as a result. His medals, originally forfeit, were restored in 1950 and the 1914 Star in 1951.
The other men in this group who I am fairly certain were members but whose MIC’s I have yet to check are:-
12. Pvt Joseph Dowling (8243) – Connaught Rangers
14. Michael O’Toole (3964) – Irish Guards
35. Pvt Daniel Bailey (7483) – Ryl Irish Rifles
Other men still need investigating
35. Baily, Bailey or Bayly
54. Beverley (signature on seditious pamphlet) – this was the alias of ?????
Men not on original list but on one received via American Embassy as men having moved from Limburg to Zossen. However, a number of them can be proved to have died at Limburg and are buried at Niederzwehren Cemetery and therefore it suggests the ‘list’ covered more than just men who had moved to Zossen and therefore more than just men of the IB. These men are also in adjacent plots at Niederzwehren
58. Connory – died at Limburg 19/5/1915. Possibly F Connory (8220), 2nd Bn Ryl Irish Regiment in III.J.15 at Niederzwehren.
60. Kane – died at Limburg 15/5/1915. Possibly W Keane (6709), 2nd Bn Ryl Irish Regiment in III.K.5 at Niederzwehren
61. Kenns – died at Limburg 17/5/1915. Possibly P Kerins (6169), 2nd Bn Ryl Irish Regiment in III.J.13 at Niederzwehren.
62. L/Cpl Murphy – died at Limburg 16/5/1915. Possibly L/Cpl DP Murphy, 2nd Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers in III.K.6 at Niederzwehren
63. Nolan – died at Limburg 24/5/1915. Possibly PWJ Nolan (4747), 2nd Ryl Irish Regiment in III.K.7 at Niederzwehren
64. Pvt F Sewell (3152) Irish Guards
65. Pvt John Davis (3296) attd 1st Leinster (sent letter from Zossen and rumours he was in IB)
66. Kavanagh South Irish Horse